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Margate RNLI assists woman in distress off north Kent coast

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew has rescued a woman in distress from the sea off the north Kent coast.

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

RNLI/Peter Barker

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

UK Coastguard was alerted by a member of the public late yesterday afternoon (Monday 2 October) after a female was seen to be in distress in the sea off Westbrook Bay to the west of Margate.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist along with the coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd Airport and local coastguard rescue team. Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMS) personnel also responded.

The lifeboat quickly arrived on scene close inshore and recovered the casualty into the lifeboat. The volunteer crew provided immediate casualty care and the lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station at Margate.

Casualty care was continued ashore at the lifeboat station by waiting RNLI personnel, including an RNLI casualty care trainer who was attending the station, along with paramedics from SECAMS and the other emergency services. The casualty was handed into the care of SECAMS, there is no information as to the condition of the person involved.


RNLI Media contacts

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

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (SouthEast), 0207 6207416, 07786 668825

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

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