Two Lifeboats launched to upturned speedboat
Littlestone lifeboat was called to an upturned powerboat this morning.
A man was taken from the water and returned to the Lifeboat station at Littlestone, the lifeboat was then returned to the scene to help recover the upturned boat.
The alarm was raised shortly after 10.00am today (Sunday 5th November) with paramedics along with a fire appliance from Lydd.
Although obviously shaken and bruised the man who was pulled from the water was seen walking away from the lifeboat unaided.
An angry bystander asked for no pictures to be taken of the casualty onboard the lifeboat and said other newspapers had reported a previous incident he had been involved with near Eastbourne which claimed ‘made him look stupid’. The bystander then went on to threaten our reporter who explained that he was only there to report on the RNLI rescue for the local paper.
Dungeness lifeboat was also called, but the casualty had already been recovered as they launched so was stood down, leaving Littlestone lifeboat to recover the stricken powerboat.
Charlie Davis, the RNLI Littlestone Operations Manager told The Looker: “From our point of view it was a very successful job, we were on scene just a matter of minutes after the initial time that the alert was raised. I have to say the driver was wearing full race suit and crash helmet that obviously played a big part in him being able to walk away pretty much unscathed. The crew have now recovered the boat and bought it back to the Varne boat club for recovery.”