Lifeboat Helmsman Dave Parry said “We were on exercise when, at 11.48am, Thames Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a report of a person trapped in a mud slide and that the Herne Bay and Sheppey Coastguard Units and Kent Fire and Rescue were also attending.
“We arrived ‘on scene’ a ¼-mile east of Bishopstone Glen. The Fire Service personnel were unable to reach the casualty due to the mud so we ferried several fire fighters and their ‘mud mats’ approximately 100-yards to an area of shingle close to the casualty,
“At 12.30pm the female, who was above the high water mark, was extracted from the mud and brought aboard the lifeboat with her two dogs. She was subsequently landed ashore west of Bishopstone Glen where an ambulance was waiting on the promenade.
“We then returned to the scene and conveyed the fire fighters and their equipment back to their fire appliance.”
The casualty who came from Herne Bay was checked over by the ambulance personnel but did not need hospital treatment.
The emergency services were called again to the Bishopstone area later that afternoon when another person became trapped in mud, however on this occasion the lifeboat was not required.
Whitstable lifeboat was launched for a second time at 1.47pm following a report from Whitstable Yacht Club of a dismasted ‘Dart’ catamaran with two people onboard, 400-yards off Beach Walk, Whitstable.
The lifeboat arrived alongside the casualty vessel and assisted in stowing its sail and rig and then took the craft and its occupants ashore at the yacht club ramp.
The two occupants, one female aged 19 and a 20-year old male, were unharmed.
There have now been 5 calls on Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews so far this year.
Notes to editors:
The Whitstable lifeboat station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 235 lifeboat stations around the shores of Great Britain 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 75 lifeboat named Oxford Town and Gown in recognition of the fact that she was paid for by the people of Oxford after a fund raising campaign by the Oxford Branch of the RNLI.
She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson or tube. The lifeboat is 7.5m long and the twin 70hp engines give her a top speed of 32 knots with an endurance of 3 hours. She carries a crew of 3.
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