Whitstable RNLI lifeboat launched to jet ski

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Saturday evening following a report of a person in the water and a riderless jet ski in the area of Neptune Jetty, Herne Bay.

Whitstable lifeboat and its launching tractor and carriage.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable lifeboat and its launching tractor and carriage.

Whilst heading for the scene the lifeboat crew were informed that the jet skier was ashore with the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and the ambulance service.

However the lifeboat continued to Neptune Jetty as the abandoned jet ski posed a hazard to navigation off the entrance to the harbour. The craft was taken under tow and landed ashore to the coastguard.

There have now been 7 calls so far this year for the Whitstable lifeboat and weather conditions at the time were cloudy skies but with excellent visibility, a calm sea and westerly force 2-4 winds.



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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