The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 8.45am on Tuesday morning to assist a 21ft motor boat with four persons onboard which had broken down and was at anchored a ½-mile off Hampton Pier.
The lifeboat arrived ‘on scene’ and took the craft and its occupant’s under tow to Herne Bay Harbour from where they had launched earlier in the morning on a fishing trip. On arrival the casualty craft was met by the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team and the lifeboat released from the incident to ‘return to station’. The vessel had suffered engine failure. There were no injuries to any of those onboard.
Weather conditions at the time were calm seas with a north easterly force 1 wind and excellent visability.
Crew: Ben Crosswell (Helm) Vicky Kypta, Stuart Enderby and Alex Quan.
Launchers: Neil Pepper (Tractor) Liam Sidders, Mark Sidders, Ruth Oliver and Kellie Gray.