Call to dinghy for Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Thursday morning following a report of an inflatable dinghy apparently broken down and drifting seaward off Herne Bay.
The lifeboat crew located the craft with two male occupants onboard a 1/2-mile offshore and a council lifeguard who had paddled out to assist.
However the two persons onboard who were fishing reported they were not in any need of assistance as their engine was working.
The lifeboat crew therefore returned the lifeguard to the shore and proceeded back to station, the call being put down to 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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