Margate RNLI assists police in search for person in distress
Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat has assisted Kent Police in a search for a person possibly in distress in the waters off Margate
The volunteer crew were called into action soon after 1am this morning (Saturday 5 August) to assist Kent Police in a search for a person possibly in distress in the waters off Margate.
The person had previously been recovered from the sea by a member of the public and there was concern again about the person’s welfare. Together with the local coastguard rescue team, police officers and a police helicopter an extensive search was carried out on the shoreline and a short distance offshore between Margate and Foreness Point.
After the lifeboat had also checked the harbour area and with nothing found the sea search was called off, police continuing their enquiries ashore.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.