Whitstable Lifeboat was launched at 07.46am on Monday following a report from the UK Coastguard of a 30ft motor cruiser, with 2 persons onboard, at risk of grounding off Bishopstone Glen, Herne Bay. The initial report had come from off duty coastguard Henry Treadwell, who had been out cycling when he spotted the craft in distress.
At 0800 the lifeboat crew located the casualty, which had now gone ashore at Bishopstone Glen.
Helmsman Richard Judge said “Due to the size of the casualty craft and the north-north easterly force 5-6 wind and 2 metre swell, we requested that the Margate ‘all weather’ lifeboat be launched to assist”.
“Assisted by the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team we passed a tow line and put a lifeboat crew member onboard, and eventually towed the casualty vessel clear of the beach”.
“On inspection it was found that whilst there had been no significant ingress of water, the motor cruiser had suffered damage to its steering. We handed the tow over to the Margate Lifeboat 3/4-mile offshore, who then took the vessel under tow for Whitstable Harbour”.
Just after 10.00am the casualty vessel was secured alongside the West Quay, and both lifeboats were released to return to station.
The motor cruiser had left Canvey Island at 10.00pm the previous evening for a fishing trip and got into difficulties when it lost power off Herne Bay. This was the 9th call of the year for Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews.
Crew: Richard Judge (Helm) Dave Parry, Tim Smith, Andy Williams.
Launchers: John Keam, Ben Crosswell, Adrian Woolrich-Burt, Mark Sidders.
Weather: NNE 5-6 winds.