Drifting dinghy leads to search off the north Kent coast
Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat has taken part in a search after four people in a small dinghy were thought to be in trouble off the north Kent coast.
Margate lifeboat was launched to search for the vessel along with the coastguard helicopter from Lydd Airport and coastguard shore teams from Herne Bay and Margate. The search, in fine weather conditions, covered an area from Herne Bay to Reculver and further to the east up to around two miles to seaward including offshore sand banks. After three hours, with nothing found and no communication with any possible casualty vessel or reports of anyone overdue the search was scaled down and the units returned to station. The call is thought to have been a false alarm with good intent.
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