Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat assists disabled dinghy
Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat has assisted a dinghy after its anchor cable was caught up on a concrete groyne close to Margate's harbour arm
The inshore lifeboat was called into action yesterday afternoon (25 July) when personnel at the lifeboat station spotted a small boat with two persons on board in difficulty on the north side, and close to the harbour arm.
The craft had anchored to the west of the concrete groyne but drifted to the east in confused sea conditions with the anchor line fouled on the groyne itself. UK Coastguard were informed of the situation and the inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist. The lifeboat crew were able to cut the anchor line and take the boat in tow back to the safety of Margate harbour. There were no injuries reported with the two occupants.
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.