Swimmer assisted by Margate RNLI
A swimmer has been landed ashore off the north Kent coast by Margate RNLI this evening following concerns for his safety.
UK Coastguard requested that Margate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat be brought to immediate readiness earlier this evening (Sunday 4 August) after it received a report of a swimmer some distance seawards of Margate harbour possibly in difficulties. Margate Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked.
Upon their arrival at the lifeboat station, the lifeboat crew observed the swimmer and it was agreed that the inshore lifeboat should launch to assess his situation. Once on scene the swimmer was taken on board the lifeboat and landed back at the boathouse where he received casualty care for jellyfish stings and signs of hypothermia. An ambulance had been tasked to the lifeboat station and after being checked over by paramedics the swimmer was released.
Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: “While we are experiencing a warm spell of weather the sea remains relatively cold. We urge swimmers to swim parallel to and close to the shore and not directly out to sea. If you encounter difficulties while swimming follow the RNLI’s ‘How to Float’ advice (see https://www.respectthewater.com/ ), wave your arms and shout for help. If you are ashore and see anything untoward dial 999 and ask for coastguard.”
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