Fifty years on Margate’s inshore lifeboat launches for a person in the sea

Lifeboats News Release

Fifty years to the day after Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat carried out its first service call its volunteer crew have again been in action in an early morning call.

 The call came shortly after 5am today (Sunday 19 June) when UK Coastguard received a call reporting a person seen walking into the sea on Margate Marine Sands.

 

The inshore lifeboat launched and three persons were seen on the rocks at Nayland Rock (coincidentally the same location as the first call fifty years previously) making their way back to the beach where they were met by members of the local coastguard team and an ambulance which had also responded to the call.

 

Once it was established that the group was those connected with the call and that they were now all safe and well the lifeboat was recalled and returned to station.

 

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