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The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco was launched at 07.56pm on Tuesday following a report of a 17-foot angling boat with three persons onboard stranded in the upper reaches of the River Swale after its engine failed to restart.

The lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel at anchor between Fowley Island and Milton Creek and although the occupants of the craft had managed to restart the engine, the lifeboat crew thought it prudent to escort the vessel back to the Kingsferry Bridge from where the craft had launched earlier.

The lifeboat then returned to station.