Abandoned kayak sparks search off Margate

Lifeboats News Release

An abandoned kayak has sparked a search and rescue operation by Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat and prompted a plea to report the loss of small craft at sea.

Coastguards at Dover alerted Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat earlier today (Saturday 23 July) after a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB) came across an abandoned kayak south of the Hook Sands off Minnis Bay Birchington.
The RIB remained with the kayak until the lifeboat arrived and checked it out for recent occupancy. It appeared to have been abandoned for some time and was landed ashore with RNLI lifeguards at Minnis Bay before being taken away by the local coastguard rescue team.
As it could not be ruled out that the occupant had become separated from the craft the lifeboat carried out a shoreline search along with the coastguard rescue team from Minnis Bay to Herne Bay. After a thorough check of the area the search was called off and all units were stood down.
Nick Smith, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate Lifeboat Station said: ‘We urge people to tell the coastguard if they abandon any sort of small craft at sea. With the absence of information, the worst has to be assumed leading to the extensive tying-up of resources which may be needed more genuinely elsewhere’.
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