In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 11.59am on Sunday following a report of a broken down speedboat off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.

The lifeboat crew located the vessel at anchor which was subsequently retrieved by its two occupants at the craft taken under tow for Love Beach, Leysdown where it was met by the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team.

Following this the lifeboat was ‘tasked’ to assist a kayak with one person onboard apparently struggling to regain the shore near Shellness.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene but the occupant reported that he was not in need of assistance and had been fishing and that his wife had been keeping him under observation from the shore.

The lifeboat therefore returned to station.

The lifeboat crew were alerted again on Sunday evening to a small inflatable dinghy  reported to be drifting off Herne Bay. Due to concerns for the safety of the male occupant the coastguard helicopter was also tasked.

Whilst the lifeboat was in the process of launching the helicopter reported that the occupant of the dinghy was not in need of assistance and was making his own way ashore. The lifeboat was therefore stood down. The call was logged as a false alarm with good intent.

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Crew: Dave Parry (Helmsman) , Adrian Woolrich-Burt, Alex Quan and Jason Collins.

Launchers: Andy Clarke (tractor) Liam Sidders, Oz Warren, Dom Cutress and Jim Ashby.

Weather: Good visability, slight sea  a south- westerly force 4 wind.