There-have-been-two-calls-on-the-Whitstable-RNLI-Lifeboat-over-the-weekend

Byline: On Saturday the lifeboat was launched at 5.32pm to a report of two inflatable dinghies with three adults and four children onboard being blown offshore from Western Esplanade, Herne Bay.
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The lifeboat crew arrived at the scene to find that the dinghies had been towed ashore by a passing jet skier. A lifeboat crewmember went ashore to check that all casualties were well and accounted for before the lifeboat returned to station. The occupants of the dinghies had paddled out further than they realised and were unable to return to the shore.

The lifeboat was launched again on Sunday morning at 5.45am to assist a broken down angling dory with two persons onboard reported as being 1-1/2 miles off the King’s Hall, Herne Bay.

The lifeboat located the casualty vessel at anchor a ½-mile north east of the King’s Hall and a lifeboat crewmember went aboard to assist with the tow back to Neptune Jetty, Herne Bay where the craft and its occupants who both come from Whitstable  were landed into the care of the Herne Bay Coastguard.

The craft had suffered a jammed starter solenoid.


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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.
RNLI media contacts
• Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
07741 012004/ nativephoto@hotmail.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/South East/East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: On Saturday the lifeboat was launched at 5.32pm to a report of two inflatable dinghies with three adults and four children onboard being blown offshore from Western Esplanade, Herne Bay.
Page Content:

The lifeboat crew arrived at the scene to find that the dinghies had been towed ashore by a passing jet skier. A lifeboat crewmember went ashore to check that all casualties were well and accounted for before the lifeboat returned to station. The occupants of the dinghies had paddled out further than they realised and were unable to return to the shore.

The lifeboat was launched again on Sunday morning at 5.45am to assist a broken down angling dory with two persons onboard reported as being 1-1/2 miles off the King’s Hall, Herne Bay.

The lifeboat located the casualty vessel at anchor a ½-mile north east of the King’s Hall and a lifeboat crewmember went aboard to assist with the tow back to Neptune Jetty, Herne Bay where the craft and its occupants who both come from Whitstable  were landed into the care of the Herne Bay Coastguard.

The craft had suffered a jammed starter solenoid.


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.
RNLI media contacts
• Chris Davey, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Whitstable Lifeboat Station.
07741 012004/ nativephoto@hotmail.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/South East/East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789