Walmer RNLI tasked to a person in the water
Following a request from the UK Coastguard Walmer RNLI launched its Atlantic 85 to search for a person believed to be in the water in Langdon Bay.
Four volunteer crew aboard Donald McLachlan launched at 2.04pm on Saturday 17 February following reports of a person in the water. Dover Lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter 163 were also in attendance having been similarly tasked.
On reaching the scene the casualty was located at the foot of the cliffs. Two Walmer crew members were put ashore to assist with extraction and transfer to the helicopter. The casualty was then airlifted to Dover Coastguard station and into the care of the emergency services.
Donald McLachlan left the scene at 3.08pm and returned to station.
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