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Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched on Thursday afternoon to assist a yacht reported in difficulties near the Knock John Tower, 13 miles from Whitstable.

The UK Coastguard paged Whitstable’s volunteer crew after receiving a distress call from the occupant of the 32ft yacht reporting that he was aground and in need of assistance.

The lifeboat launched at 12.10pm, into a fresh northerly wind and choppy sea, but on arrival at the location some 30 minutes later there was no sign of the yacht. In view of this, and the worsening weather conditions, the Sheerness all-weather lifeboat was also launched to assist in the search.

After another hour, with nothing found, both lifeboats were stood down, and a coastguard helicopter was tasked to continue the search. The yacht was subsequently found hard aground at the entrance to the River Crouch, 10 miles from the position he had originally reported. Therefore a third lifeboat, this time from Burnham-on-Crouch, was launched to give assistance.

This was the 36th call of the year for the Whitstable Lifeboat crew.

Photo caption: Whitstable Lifeboat approaches the Knock John Tower whilst searching for the grounded yacht

Photo credit: Tim Smith/Whitstable RNLI