A search and rescue operation by the Whitstable Lifeboat was hampered after a laser pen was shone at the lifeboat.

Crews were conducting a search for a kayaker last seen off Hampton Pier, Herne Bay on Saturday evening.

As light faded, the lifeboat was targeted by a blinding green light from the shoreline, between Swalecliffe and Hampton.

Fortunately crews were able to continue the search investigating various radar contacts and located the casualty, a 26-year old male, a 1/2-mile north of Herne Bay pier paddling towards the shore.

He was taken back to shore and reunited with his family.

Police have also been targeted in the past Credit: PA

To shine a laser light into anyone's eyes is a dangerous thing, but to shine such a light onto a crew at sea in the dark is not only dangerous for the crew but also to the person for whom they are searching and this act was totally irresponsible”.

Mike Judge, Whitstable Lifeboat