Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat assists Speedboats

Lifeboats News Release

Four persons onboard a 18ft speedboat had to be towed ashore by the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat after the craft broke down off Herne Bay on Thursday.

Whitstable lifeboat and its launching tractor and carriage.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable lifeboat and its launching tractor and carriage.
Launching at 12.27pm the lifeboat crew located the casualty a 1/2-mile off Herne Bay harbour and the craft and its occupants brought alongside the lifeboat and towed to the ramp at the Neptune Jetty.

The four occupants were all wearing lifejackets and the cause of the incident was a possible seized engine.

Weather conditions at the time were slight sea, cloudy but with good visibility and south westerly force 3 winds.

The lifeboat was launched to another speedboat incident this time Saturday evening and again off Herne Bay.

Launching at 6.38pm the lifeboat crew located the casualty craft

1.3/4-miles north east of Herne Bay harbour with four male occupants onboard.

The 14ft speedboat was taken under tow, however a passing craft offered to use jump cables in an attempt to restart the engine of the casualty vessel which unfortunately was unsuccessful. The lifeboat therefore continued with the tow to the Neptune ramp where the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to assist the lifeboat crew in getting the speedboat and its occupants ashore.

The speedboat and its occupants had set off earlier in the day from Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were calm seas and good visibility.

There have now been 15 calls on the Whitstable lifeboat so far this year.

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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