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The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Thursday afternoon following a request from HM Coastguard to assist a small speedboat with two persons onboard which had been reported by several people onshore to have broken down off Hampton, Herne Bay.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene and found the craft at anchor having suffered a failure of its outboard motor.

The lifeboat towed the speedboat back to Hampton from where it had launched earlier and the craft and its occupants landed into the care of the coastguard and police.

Whitstable lifeboat’s operations manager Mike Judge said “Whilst we are happy to help anybody who gets into difficulty at sea I would reiterate the RNLI advice that the public that they should not take part in any water based activity on or in the sea, to reduce the risk to the lifesaving charity’s volunteer crews and other emergency services being exposed to COVID-19, and the pressure on their time”.

“It is understood that the occupants of the speedboat had come from out of the area to test the engine before selling the boat”.