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.’

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