The 30-ft yacht aground on the beach at Whitstable on Saturday morning Photo: RNLI Whitstable

A 30-foot yacht had to be towed clear of the beach by the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat after the craft went aground on the beach just to the West of the lifeboat station on Saturday morning.

The lifeboat was launched at 09.50am and was on scene two minutes later , the yacht having been prevented from grounding on a breakwater by the Herne Bay Coastguard Rescue Team.

A tow was passed from the lifeboat and the yacht and it’s single occupant towed into deeper water.

Alter the owner had checked his craft for water ingress and all were satisfied that the yacht was seaworthy the vessel made its way to Faversham under its own power.

Lifeboat Helmsman Dave Parry said “The yacht had anchored off the beach overnight but got pinned on the beach when the wind veered and increased.”

“Herne Bay Coastguard attended to check on the craft and its occupant and when it was clear he wasn’t going to be able to get off the beach without assistance they requested the lifeboat be tasked to assist.”

Weather conditions at the time of the incident were force 4 North Westerly winds.

By Ed

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