Whitstable RNLI lifeboat assists windsurfer

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 RNLI lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 11.15am on Sunday after Dover Coastguard had received a call from the National Coastwatch Institution reporting a windsurfer in difficulties off Tankerton.

Whitstable lifeboat returns the windsurfer to shore after his rig suffered a failure off Tankerton on Sunday afternoon.

Graham Terry

Whitstable lifeboat returns the windsurfer to shore after his rig suffered a failure off Tankerton on Sunday afternoon.
The lifeboat crew located the casualty a ½-mile offshore between the Coastwatch lookout and the Tankerton Bay Sailing Club.

The windsurfer, his board and rig were brought onboard the lifeboat and landed ashore near to the sailing club into the care of the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team. He did not require medical attention.

The lifeboat subsequently proceeded with a pre-planned exercise.

This was the second call of the year for Whitstable lifeboat crews, the lifeboat’s first call being on 20th January when it was launched to assist the coastguard with a search for a person possibly in difficulties west of the harbour, however the call turned out to be a false alarm with good intent.

Notes to editors

Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.

The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.

She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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· Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
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· Paul Dunt RNLI Press Officer London/southeast/east Tel: 0207 6207416 Mob: (07785) 296252 Paul_Dunt@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Vicky Kypta/RNL Whitstable.

Onboard the Whitstable lifeboat as it returns the windsurfer to shore after his rig suffered a failure off Tankerton on Sunday afternoon

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