Walmer RNLI respond to two calls in three days

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crews from Walmer were diverted from exercise twice in response to calls from UK Coastguard.

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLachlan at sea

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLachlan

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan was present at Dover Marina's Open Day on 1 July when it was tasked by UK Coastguard to reports of an empty inflatable 1000 yards south off Sandgate Castle. A two-and-a-half hour search for a possible missing person was carried out but nothing untoward was found and the lifeboat returned to station.

On 3 July, Donald McLauchlan was again diverted from an evening exercise in response to a distress call raised for two kite surfers, whereabouts unknown, reputedly en route to the UK from Ostend in Belgium. A search was carried out and the two were located in St Margaret’s Bay. They were then escorted to shore. A crew member was also put ashore to ascertain their well being.

The boat returned to station at 9.20pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.


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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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