Whitstable RNLI assists RIB

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at the request of Dover Coastguard at 4.05pm on Friday in order to asses the situation of a 8-metre RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) broken down with 2 persons onboard 2.5 miles north east of Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.

Trainee Helm Ruth Oliver at the wheel of the Whitstable Lifeboat with the RIB under tow on Friday afternoon.

RNLI Whitstable.

Trainee Helm Ruth Oliver at the wheel of the Whitstable Lifeboat with the RIB under tow on Friday afternoon.

The lifeboat arrived alongside the casualty vessel which was at anchor and the helmsman made the decision that taking the craft under tow to the nearest suitable harbour, in this case Herne Bay was the safest course of action.

The casualty craft and it's male occupants were landed ashore into the care of the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and the lifeboat returned to station.

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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