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The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 2.32pm on Wednesday to assist a yacht aground off Shellness, Isle of Sheppey.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene to find a 23-foot yacht with one person onboard aground on the north side of the Columbine Bank in the entrance to the Swale.

A lifeboat crewmember was put aboard the vessel and a tow line attached. The craft was then towed into deeper water and then to a mooring in Whitstable Harbour.

The vessel had been on passage from Chatham to Southampton when it ran out of fuel.

Crew: Andy Mayo (Helmsman) Craig Sidders, Stuart Enderby and Dave Parry.

Launchers: Mike Coulson-Tabb, Richard Monje, Chris Branscombe-Ling and Dom Cutress.

Weather conditions: SE force 2 winds, good visibility but overcast.