Disabled jet-ski assisted by Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has assisted a disabled jet-ski off the north Kent coast.

The volunteer crew were about to start an evening’s training last night (Wednesday 27 July) when a member of the public came into the lifeboat station reporting that a jet-ski appeared to be broken down off the Winter Gardens. The occupant was reported to be in the water attempting to pull the jet-ski ashore.
 
The inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and both the jet-ski and its owner were returned safely to the beach. The jet-skier was none the worse for wear after his adventure.
 
Ian Lowe, Deputy Launching Authority Margate Lifeboat said: ‘Always have means of attracting attention with you, ideally a marine VHF handset, a mobile phone in a waterproof bag or distress flares. If you break down never leave the craft, stay with it, remember it will be your best lifeboat until the real one arrives’.
 
 
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