Whitstable RNLI assists sailing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 3.52pm on Thursday at the request of Dover Coastguard after concerns had been expressed for a sailing vessel struggling to ‘make way’ against the tide in the light breeze in the vicinity of the Kentish Flats wind farm.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.

RNLI Whitstable.

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.
The lifeboat came alongside the casualty a 3-metre wooden sailing dinghy with two persons onboard, one male and one female who requested assistance.

The lifeboat Helmsman assessed the situation and the craft was taken under tow for Whitstable the nearest safe and suitable port and moored offshore with the occupants intending to make their own way ashore and spend the night in Whitstable. They had set out from Oare Creek, Faversham earlier in the day with the intention of sailing to Essex but abandoned that plan.

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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The sailing dinghy under tow.

RNLI Whitstable

The sailing dinghy under tow.

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