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Margate’s RNLI lifeboats assist grounded cargo ship

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI lifeboats have assisted in a refloating operation after a ship ran aground on the north Kent coast.

Margate RNLI's all-weather and inshore lifeboats stand by during the operation.

RNLI/Peter Barker

Margate RNLI's all-weather and inshore lifeboats stand by during the operation.

The laden 2,386dwt, 74m long general cargo ship had been anchored in Margate Roads when it dragged its anchor and ran aground on the shoreline 100m from the lifeboat station at Margate in the early hours of Sunday morning (8 October). The ship was unable to refloat itself and sat out the low tide to await a refloating attempt at the next high tide during the afternoon.

UK Coastguard and other agencies were in attendance ashore and a tug was engaged to refloat the ship. Both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats from Margate were launched to assist and provide safety cover during the refloating operation.

At exactly high water the ship was towed clear of the shoreline by the tug and went to anchor in Margate Roads awaiting further orders. None of the ship’s crew were harmed in the incident.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: ‘The incident attracted the attention of national media and a large number of spectators and it was important to ensure there was adequate safety cover for both these people and the salvage operation itself.’


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

The ship is seen here high and dry at low tide.

RNLI/Peter Barker

The ship is seen here high and dry at low tide.
The tug prepares to connect a towline.

RNLI/Peter Barker

The tug prepares to connect a towline.

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