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Margate RNLI assists in search for person in distress in the sea

Lifeboats News Release

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.

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

RNLI/Peter Barker

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

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


RNLI Media contacts

  • 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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