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Whitstable lifeboat launched to assist yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 1.35pm on Tuesday to assist a 22-foot yacht with two persons onboard that had suffered engine failure in the vicinity of the Columbine Spit, 2-miles north of Whitstable harbour.

The 22-foot yacht under tow by the Whitstable lifeboat after the craft suffered engine failure 2-miles off Whitstable on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Tim Smith/RNLI Whitstable

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The 22-foot yacht under tow by the Whitstable lifeboat after the craft suffered engine failure 2-miles off Whitstable on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: Tim Smith/RNLI Whitstable

After it's engine failed the yacht had been unable to make any headway under sail due to the force 6 winds and rough conditions.

A lifeboat crewmember was placed onboard to assist the crew and the lifeboat took the craft under tow to Whitstable harbour.

There were no injuries to either of the two occupants of the yacht.

The yacht had been on passage from Ramsgate to Oare Creek. This was the 2nd call of the year for the Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crews.

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 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 four people.

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