Whitstable RNLI assist Yachts

Lifeguards News Release

Two yachts have been assisted by the Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The shore crew get to work as Whitstable lifeboat returns to the boathouse following the call on 26th August which turned out to be a false alarm.

Chris Davey/RNLI Whitstable

The shore crew get to work as Whitstable lifeboat returns to the boathouse following the call on 26th August which turned out to be a false alarm.
On Saturday the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 1.20pm to a report of a 36-foot yacht with 2 persons onboard aground at Harty Ferry in The Swale with a rope caught around its propeller.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and located the casualty vessel on the Faversham Spit. The lifeboat crew passed a towline to the craft which was then towed off the bank into deeper water. The tow was then transferred to a tug which took the yacht to the Iron Wharf Boatyard in Faversham with the lifeboat acting as an escort in case the yachts anchor which, was suspended from the propeller became snagged.

On Sunday night the lifeboat was tasked by Dover Coastguard and launched at 11.32pm following a 'Mayday' call from a 26-foot yacht with 2 persons onboard going aground on rocks at Hampton, Herne Bay.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and the crew located the craft now 400 yards West of Hampton pier having drifted away from the rocks.. A lifeboat crewmember went onboard the casualty which was then taken under tow to Whitstable Harbour where the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and a shore crew from the lifeboat station assisted in berthing the craft alongside in the harbour.

The lifeboat was also launched on Friday (26th ) to a report of a capsized dinghy off Bishopstone, Herne Bay but on arrival at the scene the crew located a small fishing vessel with one person onboard and not in need of assistance. The lifeboat therefore returned to station with the call being put down as a false alarm with good intent.

There have now been 29 calls on the Whitstable Lifeboat so far this year.

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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