Walmer RNLI tasked to jet ski incident

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer's inshore lifeboat called to a collision at Deal Pier.

Walmer D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer D Class inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard

Walmer's D Class inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard, crewed by Andrew Coe, Steve Emptage and James Evans was paged at 7.32pm, Thursday 26 July, to an incident where a jet ski had collided with Deal Pier. On arriving at the scene the two skiers, along with the damaged craft, had made it safely to shore. An onlooker had entered the water to try to help but was overcome and helped to the shore by the jet skiers. Lifeboat crew administered oxygen and casualty care before handing the person over to the emergency services.

Speaking after the incident Lifeboat Operations Manager Denis Brophy said, 'If you see someone in trouble many people's first instinct is to enter the water. As a result, they can get themselves in difficulty. Our advice is that if you see anybody in danger of drowning, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. If you can find something that floats, throw it out to them and encourage them to stay calm.'

The lifeboat returned to station at 8.40pm where it was washed down and made ready for service.


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