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Whitstable RNLI attend to sunken motorboat

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat (reserve fleet lifeboat Susan Margaret Forsbrey) was launched at 5.31pm on Saturday afternoon following a report of a submerged craft off the Studd Hill area of Hampton with what appeared from the shore to be two persons in the water.

Reserve fleet lifeboat Susan Margaret Forsbrey.

Chris Davey/RNLI Whitstable.

Reserve fleet lifeboat Susan Margaret Forsbrey.
The lifeboat arrived at the scene and the crew confirmed that what looked like people in the water where in fact the crafts fenders floating alongside the vessel.

The lifeboat was therefore released to return to station. The craft in question, a 30-ft motor boat had sunk at its mooring having been placed there earlier in October.

This was the 45th call of the year for the volunteer crews at Whitstable lifeboat station.

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