Margate RNLI investigates reports of red flares

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called out late last night (Thursday 10 August) following reports of red flares.

Margate RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'Leonard Kent' outside the lifeboat station (RNLI Margate)

RNLI/Peter Barker

Margate RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'Leonard Kent' outside the lifeboat station (RNLI Margate)

UK Coastguard received two reports from members of the public of red flares close inshore off Westgate-on-Sea. The all-weather lifeboat together with the local coastguard rescue team were tasked to investigate.

The lifeboat carried out an extensive visual and electronic search between Margate and Minnis Bay and out to the Margate Sands using both radar and illuminating parachute flares. After around three hours nothing had been found and with no reports of overdue boats or any other information the search was called off, the call considered a false alarm with good intent.

Ian Lowe, deputy launching authority said: ‘Thanks are due to the members of the public who raised the alarm. The crew would sooner investigate a false alarm than not respond to what could be a genuine distress situation.’

RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 tim_ash@rnli.org.uk

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland