Margate RNLI assists in search for person in distress in the sea
Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was called into action late last night (Friday 22 September) after reports of a person in distress in the sea off Westgate-on-Sea.
The lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard to assist Kent Police who were responding to a female in distress in the sea at St Mildred’s Bay, SECAMS personnel, and Margate’s coastguard rescue team also responded.
Initially the person could not be located and a search of the shoreline was carried out using searchlight and parachute illuminating flares. The person was subsequently located by the shoreside responders at West Bay after which the lifeboat returned to station. There is no information regarding the person’s condition
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