RNLI provides assistance after female falls from Margate harbour arm
Margate’s RNLI lifeboat crew have been involved in a multi-agency response after a female fell around 7m from the town’s harbour arm onto the mud below.
UK Coastguard received a request for assistance from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) around 8pm last night (Monday 28 May) after it responded to a call involving a female falling from the harbour arm at Margate. Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist, Margate’s Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Police were also alerted.
Although the tide was out at the time, the inshore lifeboat was taken to the scene on its trailer and members of the volunteer, casualty care-trained lifeboat crew along with additional RNLI support were able to assist SECAMB personnel who were attending the injured person. At the request of SECAMB the lifeboat crew extracted the female into the lifeboat on its trailer and she was transferred to a waiting ambulance on the harbour slipway. The person was subsequently transferred to hospital for further treatment.
Ian Lowe, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate Lifeboat said: “Those involved faced a tricky situation given the inaccessibility of the location and unstable ground conditions. While not a seagoing incident as such, the volunteer crew were able to provide support in an environment they are familiar with. Similar falls from the harbour have proved to be fatal and we urge everyone to be conscious of their surroundings and be aware of the dangers around them.”
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