In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

It has been a busy weekend for Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews launching to four incidents, two on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday.

The first call on Saturday afternoon came when the UK Coastguard requested the lifeboat launch to a 26-foot yacht adrift off Herne Bay after breaking from its mooring off Hampton.

The lifeboat took the unoccupied craft under tow for Whitstable but during the passage was diverted to assist another yacht with two persons onboard requesting assistance offshore from the Neptune public house.

The lifeboat located the second yacht at a mooring but due to a shift in wind the anchorage had become unsuitable and the yacht’s small engine did not have enough power to manoeuvre safely.

The craft and its occupants were taken under tow and placed in Whitstable harbour. The lifeboat then returned to the previous incident and resumed the tow taking the vessel to a mooring off Long Beach and then subsequently into the harbour.

On Sunday the lifeboat was launched at 1.57pm to a report of a windsurfer struggling to regain the shore a 1/4-mile off the lifeboat station. The 55-year old male was brought onto the lifeboat along with his rig and landed ashore.

The lifeboat was launched again at 9.40pm following a report from the UK Coastguard of a kayaker in difficulties off Tankerton due to a shift in the offshore breeze. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew found that the casualty had managed to get ashore unaided and the lifeboat returned to station.

Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews have now answered 11 calls in the last 6 days with on at least two days the launchers and crews working until late into the evening or early hours of the following morning to recover the lifeboat and make it ready for its next service.

Featured image courtesty of Andrew Hastings