In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 7.49pm on Wednesday evening following a report from the UK Coastguard of a kite surfer in difficulties off Hampton Pier, Herne Bay.

However, immediately after launch the lifeboat was ‘stood down’ when the Herne Bay Coastguard reported that the kite surfer was safely back onshore.

This was the 4th call of the year for Whitstable lifeboat volunteers.

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Crew: Tim Smith (Helmsman) Dave Parry, Alex Quan and Ruth Oliver.

Launchers: Andy Clarke, Stuart Enderby, Ben Crosswell, Chris Branscombe-Ling, Andy Mayo, Vicky Kypta, Michael Coulson-Tabb and Andy Barrett .

Weather conditions: Easterly  3-4 winds, smooth sea and excellent  visibility.