Whitstable RNLI in Search for Kayaker
The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Tuesday evening following a report that a fishing vessel had recovered an inflatable kayak from the water in the entrance to The Swale off Shellness, Isle of Sheppey.
The search also involved the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team and the coastguard helicopter from Lydd.
It had been reported that the kayak had been seen earlier off Leysdown with one person onboard.
After around 1.5hrs of searching Dover Coastguard reported that persons onshore had informed the coastguard team that they had seen a person believed to be a young male fall from the capsized craft and swim ashore at Leysdown.
After further investigations were made onshore the Whitstable Lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter were stood down from the incident.
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.
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