Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 2.21pm on Tuesday 14th June 2016 to assist the 23-foot Angling Boat Phoenix with two persons onboard taking in water near the Horse Sands in the entrance to the Swale.
A lifeboat crewmember went onboard the vessel and a salvage pump transferred. As much water as possible was pumped out and the rate of ingress of further water was monitored, however the source of the leak could not be determined due to the internal layout of the craft.
Eventually it was decided to escort the vessel and its two occupants with a lifeboat crewmember and pump still onboard to the crafts mooring at the Kingsferry Bridge.
At 16.29 the angling boat was moored alongside a pontoon with the owner planning to beach the craft at high water and carry out an inspection.
Whitstable Lifeboat Helmsman Dave Parry said “The occupants of the Phoenix had been fishing off Whitstable when their craft started taking in water and they began to make their way back to their mooring. They got up into the Swale but were struggling to stem the flow and called for assistance”
“We located them a ½-mile south west of the Sand End Buoy and began the task of pumping out their craft. We were unable to locate the source of the leak and decided to escort them back to their mooring at Kingsferry, using their own bilge pump to continue pumping operations. The Phoenix was fully equipped with all necessary safety equipment”.