Ramsgate RNLI sent to the assistance of four children swept out to sea

Lifeboats News Release

On a warm afternoon on Sunday 16 September, the Ramsgate inshore lifeboat was called out by HM Coastguard to reports of four children on an inflatable flamingo swept out to sea off Broadstairs Viking Bay.

Photo showing the Ramsgate Atlantic 85 lifeboat passing the beach on its way back to the lifeboat station

Steve Burton

The Ramsgate inshore lifeboat returning to the Lifeboat Station

On arrival at the scene, the volunteer crew of the Claire and David Delves inshore lifeboat found that a parent in an inflatable canoe had managed to reach the children, whilst another parent had swum out to assist.

Two of the children were taken onboard the canoe and then the parent managed to tow the inflatable back to the shore, whilst the inshore lifeboat stood off in case it was required. Once everyone was safely ashore the crew returned to station at Ramsgate.

When the sun is shining, the beach is a great place to go however blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out. If you do use them at the beach, then:

* Ensure children are closely supervised

* Keep near the shore

* Only use between the red and yellow flags

* Follow the lifeguard’s advice

* Do not take out in big waves

* Never use them when orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea

Media Contacts

Karen Cox Volunteer Local Press Officer email coxinthebox63@gmail.com 07779 848431

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and South East email paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk tel 07785 296252.

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