Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched three times on Saturday 3rd September
The first call came at 11.23am when the lifeboat launched to assist 3-persons who were thrown into the water from a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) after the steering failed whilst the craft was travelling at speed and the vessels ‘kill chord’ failed to operate immediately 500-yards north, north west of the lifeboat station.
The three occupants of the RIB where brought onboard and landed ashore by the lifeboat. They were unharmed. A second RIB took the casualty vessel under tow for the beach.
The second call came at 1.50pm when a member of the public reported a broken down Jet Ski off Seasalter with one adult and two children aged 10 and 12 onboard.
The lifeboat arrived ‘on scene’ and the crew located the casualty craft 400-yards off ‘The Battery’ at Preston Parade with one adult and one child still onboard. The occupant of the Jet Ski reported that the other child had been taken ashore by a kayak.
The lifeboat left the casualty craft and its occupants and proceeded to confirm that the child had been safely returned to the shore. The lifeboat then returned to the Jet Ski, brought the occupants onboard and took the craft under tow and landed them ashore at the ramp near to the lifeboat station where members of the casualty’s family and the lifeboat shore crew were waiting to assist.
The third call of the day came at 4.27pm when the coastguard requested the lifeboat to assist a jet ski with its rider in the water off Neptune Jetty, Herne Bay. A person had also been reported as swimming out from the shore to assist.
The lifeboat arrived at the scene to find all persons had been brought ashore by the council Jet Ski and lifeguard and therefore was released from the incident to return to station.
This now makes 44 shouts to date.