Two calls for Margate’s RNLI lifeboats on a busy bank holiday Sunday

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s two RNLI lifeboats have been busy answering calls for a missing person and eight people cut off by the tide.

The first call came shortly before 7pm last night (Sunday 29 May) when Kent Police asked for assistance in locating a vulnerable missing person thought to be in the Palm Bay area of Cliftonville. With a strong onshore wind and moderate sea conditions both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats were tasked to assist coastguards from Margate and Herne Bay in a shoreline search.


Shortly afterwards the missing person was found safe ashore and the search called off. Before the inshore lifeboat was able to return however, coastguards received a report of a group of eight people cut off by the tide at Botany Bay and the lifeboat was re-tasked to investigate.


The group were sighted in a small bay and two of the lifeboat’s crew swam ashore and established that the group was cut off but were otherwise safe and well. The falling tide exposed a safe route around a headland and the lifeboat crew escorted the group into Botany Bay itself where coastguard teams led them to safety via a steep but usable cliff path.


Ian Lowe, deputy launching authority, Margate lifeboat said: “A strong north-easterly wind and marginal sea state made this a tricky operation for the lifeboat crew. We urge people not to attempt to wade or swim around headlands to reach safety. Often it means just sitting it out and awaiting the tide to recede but on all occasions people should dial 999 and ask the coastguard for advice.”


Footnote: Each Friday, ‘RNLI Margate Lifeboat’ will be publishing high and low tide times at Margate for the weekend on their Facebook page.





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