Walmer’s RNLI lifeboat called out to missing swimmers
On Saturday 13 May at 13:17pm, Walmer’s RNLI volunteer pagers sounded with an immediate launch for the charity’s D class lifeboat Dougie Rudbard ll.
The UK Coastguard confirmed with the deputy launching authority there was one swimmer missing by Deal Pier. As the D class made ready it was reported there could be seven swimmers now unaccounted for, so the relief Atlantic 85 lifeboat The Drayton Manor was also launched. Other agencies responding to the call included the UK Coastguard rescue helicopter, the ambulance service, Deal Coastguard Rescue Team and the police.
The woman swimmer who raised the alarm was cared for at Walmer Lifeboat Station, but due to her deteriorating condition a request was made for an ambulance to attend. When the casualty told a volunteer helping in the lifeboat station’s souvenir shop there was a possibility seven swimmers may be unaccounted for, the Dover Coastguard advised the ambulance control which in turn sent further support ambulances.
The Walmer lifeboats under the command of Lee Waddon and Andrew Coe searched the area from Deal Pier to the sailing club and made contact with some of the other swimmers associated with the group. On confirmation from these swimmers it turned out that all swimmers had been accounted for. The two Walmer Lifeboats both returned to the lifeboat station by 13.50pm.
Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer, on 0207 6207416 or 07786 668825 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.
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 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.