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Busy weekend for Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

It has been a busy weekend for volunteers at Margate’s RNLI lifeboat station answering calls to a disabled speed boat and a kayaker separated from his craft.

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

The first call came on Saturday afternoon when a speedboat with three persons including a child on board contacted the UK Coastguard by mobile phone reporting they had run out of fuel and required assistance off the coast of Margate. The inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist and after establishing the occupants were safe and well the craft was towed back to its launch site at Palm Bay.

Twenty-four hours later the inshore lifeboat was called out again following a report that a kayaker had fallen from his craft off Walpole Bay Cliftonville and had become separated from it. The coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd airfield and local coastguard rescue team were also tasked.

Following a search of the areas where the lifeboat found the flooded kayak it was established that the occupant had managed to make his own way ashore. Once confirmed that everyone was accounted for the search units were stood down.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: ‘With the arrival of spring people’s thoughts are turning to enjoying some leisure time on the water. We urge everyone to make sure they are well equipped with safety equipment and importantly plan their adventure. Further information is available from the safety section of the RNLI’s website.’


RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

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

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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, Carrybridge 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.

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