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There have been two more calls for the Whitstable lifeboat during the last week.

On Friday the lifeboat was launched at midday following a report from the UK Coastguard of two persons in an inflatable dinghy sinking off Harty Ferry in The Swale.

The crew located the dinghy and its occupants who were brought onboard the lifeboat along with their dinghy and landed ashore at Hollowshore in Oare Creek.

The two men had been attempting to reach the shore from a yacht moored off Harty Ferry when they got into difficulties. Weather conditions at the time were south westerly force 4 winds, slight seas and good visibility.

On Saturday the lifeboat was launched at 2.55pm to assist a 16-foot angling boat broken down 200-yards off Bishopstone, Herne Bay. In rain and westerly 5-6 winds the craft and its two occupants were taken under tow for Herne Bay harbour where the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue team assisted in landing the vessel and occupants ashore.

The Whitstable volunteer lifeboat crews have now answered 43 calls so far this year.

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Lifeboat crews involved in the last two calls were:

Friday, Dave Parry (Helmsman) Richard Judge, Stuart Enderby and Ruth Oliver with launchers Andy Clarke (Tractor driver) Mike Coulson-Tabb, Dom Cutress, Chris Branscombe-Ling and Jim Ashby.

Saturday, Tim Smith (Helmsman) Liam Sidders, Alex Quan and Oz Warren with launchers Andy Clarke (tractor) Dave Parry, Dom Cutress, Ben Croswell, Chris Branscombe-Ling and Ruth Oliver.