Whitstable lifeboat returns after Tuesday’s callPhoto: Chris Davey

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewiso was launched at 5.49 on Tuesday evening, 10 May, following a report of a paddleboarder in difficulties off Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey.

The lifeboat arrived ‘on scene’ and the crew found a man with a young child attempting to reach the beach against the south westerly force 4 wind a 1/4-mile offshore.

Both were bought onboard the lifeboat and landed ashore at Leysdown where a family member was waiting. They were unharmed.


Whitstable Lifeboat Operations Manager Mike Judge said “The incident is a timely reminder of how vulnerable paddleboards are to a offshore wind.

“We would urge people to assess the direction and strength of the wind as close inshore the wind will be seen to be much less than further out.”

By Ed

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