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Byline: Whitstable’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews had a busy afternoon on Sunday when the lifeboat answered four calls.
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The lifeboat was launched first at 1.40pm to a report of a drifting boat 1-mile off Whitstable Harbour. The lifeboat came alongside the 11-foot boat which had oars stowed inside but with no signs of recent occupation. The craft was towed ashore to await the arrival of the Herne Bay Coastguard.

The lifeboat was in action later in the afternoon when returning to station after an exercise and participation in the Herne Bay Emergency Services Day, the crew observed four teenagers in the water from a sunken kayak about 200-yards off the yacht club ramp. The lifeboat crew recovered the four teenagers, I female and 3 males aged between 14 and 17 and their craft and landed them ashore. The owner of the kayak came from Wimbledon.

Almost immediately after returning the lifeboat was launched again to a report of a 10-foot boat broken down with one person onboard off the Seasalter Yacht Club. The craft was towed back to the shore where the Herne Bay Coastguard Unit was waiting.

The lifeboat crew were called again when at 6.43pm the lifeboat was launched to a report of a broken down 20-foot speedboat with one person onboard drifting east in the south westerly wind off Herne Bay.

The lifeboat crew located the craft about a ½-mile off Beltinge and took the craft under tow for Herne Bay Harbour. The owner of the craft came from London.

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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 85 lifeboat named Lewisco and purchased through a bequest of a Mrs 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 4.
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: Whitstable’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews had a busy afternoon on Sunday when the lifeboat answered four calls.
Page Content:

The lifeboat was launched first at 1.40pm to a report of a drifting boat 1-mile off Whitstable Harbour. The lifeboat came alongside the 11-foot boat which had oars stowed inside but with no signs of recent occupation. The craft was towed ashore to await the arrival of the Herne Bay Coastguard.

The lifeboat was in action later in the afternoon when returning to station after an exercise and participation in the Herne Bay Emergency Services Day, the crew observed four teenagers in the water from a sunken kayak about 200-yards off the yacht club ramp. The lifeboat crew recovered the four teenagers, I female and 3 males aged between 14 and 17 and their craft and landed them ashore. The owner of the kayak came from Wimbledon.

Almost immediately after returning the lifeboat was launched again to a report of a 10-foot boat broken down with one person onboard off the Seasalter Yacht Club. The craft was towed back to the shore where the Herne Bay Coastguard Unit was waiting.

The lifeboat crew were called again when at 6.43pm the lifeboat was launched to a report of a broken down 20-foot speedboat with one person onboard drifting east in the south westerly wind off Herne Bay.

The lifeboat crew located the craft about a ½-mile off Beltinge and took the craft under tow for Herne Bay Harbour. The owner of the craft came from London.


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 85 lifeboat named Lewisco and purchased through a bequest of a Mrs 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 4.
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