Whitstable RNLI launched to Paddleboarder
The Whitstable RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Tuesday afternoon following a report of a paddleboarder struggling to return to shore off The Longbeach and a person in the water attempting to assist.
The crews attention was drawn to a adult male onshore who reported to the lifeboat that he had been in the water attempting to assist but that he and the paddleboarder had been helped ashore by a small RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and he confirmed that no further assistance was required.
Whitstable Lifeboat Helmsman Ben Crosswell said afterwards 'If people find themselves struggling to get ashore on a paddleboard it is best that you stay with the craft as it is easier to find. And our thanks go to a local water sports company who provided the assistance prior to our arrival'
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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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