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Two more calls for Margate RNLI ending a busy weekend

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat ended a busy weekend yesterday (Sunday 14 May) responding to a yacht in difficulties at Broadstairs and a man in distress at Margate.

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


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

Both Margate and Ramsgate’s inshore lifeboats were called out during the afternoon after a small yacht was reported to be in difficulties at the base of the cliffs in Stone Bay Broadstairs, the sole occupant had entered the water attempting to return his vessel to deeper water.

The lifeboat crew found the occupant to be cold and confused and he was taken on board the Margate inshore lifeboat and put in a casualty bag. The yacht was towed into deeper water and handed over to Ramsgate inshore lifeboat who also took the lone sailor on board. The vessel was towed into Ramsgate harbour and the occupant handed into the care of the local ambulance service.

Just a few hours later Margate’s inshore lifeboat was called out again after Kent Police received a call from a person in distress at Margate’s Main Sands. The lifeboat quickly located the person and a member of the lifeboat’s crew entered the water to support him as he seemed to be sinking.

He had to be coaxed into the lifeboat and was landed back ashore into the privacy of the lifeboat station where he was handed into the care of ambulance staff, police and other health professionals. This was the second call for the volunteer lifeboat crew to this type of incident in just two days.


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  • 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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