Coastguard requested the lifeboat to launch to assist a 26ft catamaran
broken down 8 miles north east of Whitstable.
crew located the casualty, the Nepeta,
at anchor near to the Pan Sands Beacon. The wind farm workboat Meriel
D had also arrived at the scene and was standing by the disabled
crewman from the lifeboat was placed onboard the Nepeta
and assisted with recovering the anchor before the lifeboat towed the
craft to Whitstable Harbour where a lifeboat shore party was waiting to
assist with securing the craft alongside the south quay.
the catamaran was her owner and skipper Mr Antony Barratt from Slough and
his Brother-in-Law, Mr Graham Manning from Sonning near Reading.
Barratt said afterwards “We were heading from Maldon to Chichester under
sail when the rigging snagged and locked solid off Essex. We continued for
another 6 hours under engine power when the engine coughed and stopped
when we were near to the wind farm”
“We decided that discretion was better than valour so called for
assistance, and we were very pleased to see the lifeboat”.
is believed the engine failed due to a problem with the fuel system.