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Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 2.36pm on Thursday following a report of four children who had jumped into the sea from the end of the west quay at Whitstable harbour and were struggling to return against the tide.

The lifeboat searched the area around the entrance to the harbour and around past the east quay head and off the Long Beach.

Shortly after commencing the search the first informant reported to the coastguard that the children had made it safely ashore near the east quay. The lifeboat crew continued with a brief search to confirm that this was the case and all the children had been accounted for and then returned to station.