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Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 8.04pm on Friday evening to assist a yacht with two persons onboard aground in the Swale.

The lifeboat crew located the 30-foot craft aground and listing on Fowley Spit approximately 1-mile east of the entrance to Conyer Creek.

An attempt to tow the vessel into deeper water proved unsuccessful and the lifeboat was ‘stood down’ by Thames Coastguard to return to station.

Both the occupants of the yacht remained onboard their craft to await the morning tide.

At 7.32 on Saturday morning Whitstable Lifeboat was requested to assist the yacht again, when despite the tide the vessel was unable to extricate itself from the sandbank and this time, the lifeboat was able to successfully tow the craft into deeper water.

The yacht which had been on passage from Chatham to Swale Marina in Conyer Creek was able to continue its journey unaided.