In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was called to five incidents over the weekend.

The first was at 1730 on Friday afternoon, when the lifeboat launched to assist a speedboat reported to be in difficulties off the beach at Tankerton. However on arrival it was found that the occupants had simply stopped for a rest, and no assistance was required.

On Saturday evening, an inflatable dinghy with six persons on board requested assistance after becoming swamped off Shellness, Isle of Sheppey. The lifeboat arrived on scene to find the dinghy almost ashore, being bailed out by its occupants.

The first of Sunday’s calls came at 1038, after three swimmers were reported missing in The Swale. A coastguard rescue helicopter, and the Herne Bay Coastguard team were also tasked.

The lifeboat and helicopter quickly located the two swimmers near the entrance to Faversham Creek, and they were able to confirm that the third had made his own way ashore.

There were two further calls during Sunday afternoon, both to search for missing children. However in each case the lifeboat was stood down shortly after launching, the children having been found safe and well.