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Walmer RNLI lifeboat joins search for missing kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer's volunteer crew responded to its third call in three days as it joined forces with the Dover RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter 163 yesterday (Sunday 30 July) to reports of two overdue kayakers who were on passage from St Margaret's to Kingsdown.

The Walmer RNLI lifeboat crew locate the missing kayakers on the beach.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

The Walmer RNLI lifeboat crew locate the missing kayakers on the beach.


Four volunteer crew aboard the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 4.37pm after a call to assist with the search after the Dover lifeboat had been tasked with a further call to a yacht three miles off the coast with engine difficulties.

Two people were located safe on the beach. Helm Lee Waddon said: 'We put crew member Steve Emptage ashore in order to ascertain that these people were the part of the group that were missing'.

The Walmer lifeboat stood by until Dover returned.

On being released Walmer were further tasked with a search for a missing wind surfing rig which had last been seen at approximately 2pm. The wind surfer had made it safely to shore. An area search was conducted 1.3 nautical miles off the coast between St Margaret's and Deal. The rig wasn't found and the lifeboat returned to station at 6.35pm.

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