Busy week for Walmer lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Requests from UK Coastguard trigger responses from Walmer RNLI.

Walmer's Atlantic and D Class lifeboats

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard
Volunteer crews from Walmer RNLI have responded to four emergency calls in a week.

On Sunday 29 April Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and D Class Duggie Rodbard both launched in rough seas and 22 knot winds to reports of a missing person in St Margaret's Bay. After a two hour coastal search no one was located. Due to the weather conditions both boats were stood down by UK Coastguard and returned to the station.

Three days later Duggie Rodbard was again requested to launch to a report of five people in the water north of Deal Pier. Again, no casualties were located.

On 4 May Donald McLauchlan responded to a call from Dover Coastguard to reports of a suspicious object in the water off the Goodwin Sands. After a near four-hour search in conjunction with Dover lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter nothing untoward was found.

A further launch by Duggie Rodbard on 7 May saw the crews sent to aid
kayaker in distress and unable to paddle in St Margaret’s Bay. On reaching the scene the kayaker had been helped by four others who were in the Bay to reach the shore.



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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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