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Whitstable RNLI assist Kayaker

Lifeboats News Release

A report of a kayaker struggling to return to the shore between the former Herne Bay pier head and the Kentish Flats wind farm on Friday saw the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat launch just after 1.00pm to assist.

Whitstable lifeboat off the former Herne Bay pier head.

Stock picture RNLI Whitstable.

Whitstable lifeboat off the former Herne Bay pier head.
The Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and a coastguard helicopter were also sent to the scene.

The lifeboat arrived in the area and the crew commenced a wide area search and located the casualty after the coastguard rescue team onshore reported a sighting 2-miles North of Beltinge, the coastguard helicopter arriving just after the lifeboat arrived at the kayaks position.

The casualty, a 52-year old male was brought onboard the lifeboat and wrapped in a thermal blanket and subsequently landed ashore along with his kayak at the Neptune Jetty into the care of the coastguard team. He did not require any medical treatment.

Weather conditions at the time of the incident were south-westerly force 2 winds with good visibility. This was the 37th call of the year for the Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crew.

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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  • Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
    07741 012004/ [email protected]

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  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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