Busy 17-hours for Whitstable RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Whitstable lifeboat station has had two calls in the last 17 hours or so, firstly on Tuesday afternoon to a false alarm with good intent and then on Wednesday morning to a windsurfer.

Whitstable lifeboat returns to station after picking up a windsurfer 3/4-mile north west of the boathouse on Wednesday morning

Andrew Hastings.

Whitstable lifeboat returns to station after picking up a windsurfer 3/4-mile north west of the boathouse on Wednesday morning.
On Tuesday afternoon the lifeboat was launched at 4.40pm following a report of a person walking into the water off Seaview caravan park at Studd Hill between Swalecliffe and Hampton.

However just after launching Dover Coastguard reported that the male was fishing in wading gear and the lifeboat was 'stood down' and returned to station.

On Wednesday morning the lifeboat was launched following a report of a windsurfer with a damaged sail 3/4-mile north west of the lifeboat station.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and the male windsurfer and his gear brought onboard the lifeboat and landed ashore at the boathouse.

Weather conditions at the time of Wednesday morning's call were south westerly 3-4 winds.

There have now been 44 calls for Whitstable's volunteer lifeboat crews so far this year.



Whitstable lifeboat returns to station after picking up a windsurfer 3/4-mile north west of the boathouse on Wednesday morning.

Andrew Hastings.

Whitstable lifeboat returns to station after picking up a windsurfer 3/4-mile north west of the boathouse on Wednesday morning.

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