In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

The Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 2.14pm on Friday to a report of a female paddleboarder in difficulties off Seasalter.

Lifeboat Helmsman Rob Judge said ‘The alarm had been raised by her husband on the beach when she was unable to make it back to the shore against the wind and the tide. We arrived at the scene and located the casualty a 1/2-mile east of the Seasalter Sailing Club. She was brought onboard the lifeboat and we landed her and the paddleboard ashore at the lifeboat station where she was met by the Herne Bay Coastguard Unit and her husband. She did not require any medical attention’.

‘Our advice to the users of paddleboards and small waterborne craft is to always carry either a mobile phone or small VHF radio as a method of raising the alarm with the coastguard in the event of distress and people should always be aware of wind and tide when venturing out on the water and to wear buoyancy aids at all times’.

This was the 8th call of the year for the Whitstable Lifeboat and crewmembers took all the necessary precautions in force during the current Covid-19 pandemic.