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The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at around 7.20pm on Wednesday following a report from the UK Coastguard of a kite surfer in difficulties a mile offshore from Hampton, Herne Bay.

Almost immediately after launcher Dover Coastguard diverted the lifeboat to Warden Bay on the Isle of Sheppey where 3 people were reported as being in the water and in need of assistance.

However on arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew found that the persons had made their way ashore and were now safe.

The lifeboat was then re-tasked to its original call to the kite surfer off Hampton however whilst on route the crew were informed that the casualty had been picked up and landed ashore by another craft.

The lifeboat was then released and returned to station.

Photo by Andrew Hastings