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Whitstable RNLI assist Paddleboarder

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewiso was launched at 5.49pm on Tuesday following a report of a paddleboarder in difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.

Whitstable lifeboat returns to station after Tuesday's call.

RNLI/Chris Davey

Whitstable lifeboat returns to station after Tuesday's call.
The lifeboat arrived 'on scene' and the crew located an adult male accompanied by a young child attempting to regain the beach against the south westerly force 4 wind a 1/4-mile offshore.

Both were bought onboard the lifeboat and landed ashore at Leysdown where a family member was waiting. They were unharmed.

Whitstable Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Judge said “The incident is a timely reminder of how vulnerable paddleboards are to a offshore wind”.

We would urge people to asses the direction and strength of the wind as close inshore the wind will be seen to be much less than further out”.

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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