In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

The services of Whitstable lifeboat were called upon on Saturday afternoon when the crew were diverted from attending the Herne Bay Airshow to assist a 26-foot cruiser aground on the Pollard a 1/2-mile south of Shellness, Isle of Sheppey with two adults and four children onboard.

Due to the shallow water the lifeboat could only get to 300-metres from the casualty vessel so a crewmember walked to the craft and one adult and the four children were transferred using the vessels own inflatable dinghy to the lifeboat and taken ashore.

An anchor was laid out for the skipper of the cruiser who remained onboard and the craft left to refloat on the next tide.

There have now been 34 calls this year for Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews.

Crew: Richard Judge (helm) Rob Judge, Adrian Woolrich-Burt and Ben Crosswell.
Launchers: Ray Davies (tractor) Kellie Gray and Jay Collins.