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Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 1.34pm on Friday 31st May to a report of a capsized catamaran off Tankerton. The initial report suggested that the occupants were unable to right the craft.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene to find the two-man crew of the craft standing on the hull although they had been in the water for a short time.

The lifeboat crew assisted with the righting of the craft by lifting the mast and sail from the water and one of the sailors who went into the water subsequently was returned to his catamaran by the lifeboat crew.
The lifeboat then escorted the craft ashore at the Tankerton Bay Sailing Club where the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team where waiting.
The lifeboat then returned to station.

Other information:

Crew: Ben Crosswell (Helmsman) , Dave Parry, Andy Williams and Oz Warren.
Launchers: Andy Clarke (tractor) John Keam, Vicky Kypta, Andy Mayo and Joe Lovett.
Weather: Overcast with a westerly force 3 wind.

This was the 10th call of the year for the Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crew.