In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Whitstable’s Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 4.49pm on Sunday following a report from the Whitstable National Coastwatch team via UK Coastguard of a kite surfer in difficulties off Tankerton.

Shortly after launching the lifeboat was ‘stood down’ to return to station when the coastwatch team reported that the kite surfer was safely back onshore.

This was the 5th call of the year for Whitstable’s volunteer lifeboat crews.

Other information:

Crew: Dave Parry (Helmsman), Alex Quan, Andy Williams and Jason Collins.
Launchers: Michael Coulson-Tabb (tractor) Andy Barrett , Ruth Oliver, Ben Crosswell, Neil Pepper, Stuart Enderby, Don Cutress, Vicky Kypta, Joe Lovett and Chris Branscombe-Ling.