Whitstable lifeboat assists motor cruiser
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 12.15pm on Saturday following a report of a motor cruiser broken down near the Faversham Spit in the entrance to The Swale.
The lifeboat arrived in the area and the crew located the casualty vessel with three occupants onboard, all of whom were wearing life jackets close inshore off Castle Coote just to the east of Faversham Creek.
The lifeboat took the 22-foot craft under tow and it was subsequently moored alongside a barge at Hollowshore.
Lifeboat Helmsman Dave Parry said “We arrived at the motor cruiser's location to find the craft drifting. We would strongly recommend every craft should carry an anchor of appropriate size for the vessel and with sufficient chain or rope for the local area”.
This was the 4th call of the year for the Whitstable lifeboat. Weather conditions at the time were westerly force 6 winds, good visibility and a slight sea.
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