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The service statistics for Whitstable Lifeboat Station in 2018 have just been released by the RNLI and credit the station launching its Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat to 47 calls and in the course of so doing, assisting 35 persons and saving two lives.

Whitstable Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Judge said “Whilst 2018 was not an outstanding one statistically it included a serious incident in June that had a very fortunate outcome for those involved when the lifeboat was rightly credited with saving the lives of 2 men from and upturned angling boat off Herne Bay, a call that was covered extensively on the BBC’s ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ programme which showcases the work of the RNLI”

“In addition the year required the lifeboat to be launched to 46 other incidents and to a wide range of casualties in the area covered by Whitstable Lifeboat which extends from the Kingsferry Bridge in the Swale, around the south-east side of the Isle of Sheppey through Whitstable and Herne Bay to a point midway between Reculver and Minnis Bay and out into the Thames Estuary”.“The lifeboat was also launched on a further 58 occasions to conduct training sessions for the crew in order to maintain their skills. Every launch, whether on service or exercise, requires a huge commitment from the volunteers in order to keep the boat and equipment ready for any and every eventuality. Our volunteer crew’s dedication and professionalism is continuous and provides the North Kent coast with lifesaving opportunities 24/7 for anyone needing assistance”.

The statistics have been released to coincide with the launch on Wednesday 1st May of “Mayday” the RNLI charity’s national annual fundraising campaign. Running for the whole of the month, the Mayday campaign asks people to ‘do their bit, fund our kit’ with the lifesaving charity hoping to raise £700,000 nationally to fund the crucial kit volunteer crews rely on, like lifejackets, helmets and the RNLI’s iconic yellow wellies, and at Whitstable as part of the month the station will be holding its annual ‘open day’ on Saturday 27th May when the lifeboat and its associated equipment will be on display with members of the crew and station on hand to explain their work. The stations souvenir shop and cafe will also be open for business.