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Whitstable RNLI assist Jet Skier

Lifeboats News Release

The occupant of a jet ski which had broken down off Herne Bay had to be helped ashore by the Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat on Sunday evening.

Whitstable Lifeboat approaches the broken down jet ski on Sunday evening.

Sam Turner/RNLI Whitstable.

Whitstable Lifeboat approaches the broken down jet ski on Sunday evening.

Launching at 7.58 the lifeboat crew located the adult male casualty a ¼-mile off the King’s Hall attempting to paddle the jet ski ashore using a paddle borrowed from two paddle boarders.

The casualty was brought onboard the lifeboat and his jet ski taken in tow alongside the lifeboat and were ‘walked’ ashore through the shallow water to the Neptune Ramp where the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue team were waiting.

The two paddle boarders made their own way ashore.

Weather conditions at the time of the incident were South Westerly force 2 winds and a smooth sea.

This was the 29th call of the year for the volunteer crews at Whitstable RNLI.

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.

RNLI media contacts

  • 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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