Margate RNLI provides assistance to disabled PWC
Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has come to the aid of two people after their personal watercraft (PWC) experienced machinery failure off the north Kent coast.
Margate’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were paged around 5.30pm yesterday (Monday 19 August) following a report to UK Coastguard of two people in the water with their PWC, close inshore off Epple Bay, Birchington-on-Sea. With concern for their safety the inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate.
When the lifeboat arrived, the craft had drifted down-tide to a position off Westgate-on-Sea with the two occupants still in the water. They were taken on board the lifeboat and it was established their craft had broken down and they were attempting to return it to the shore from in the water itself.
The PWC was taken under tow and together with the two occupants, who were unharmed after their mishap, returned to its launching site at Beresford Gap.
Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Margate RNLI said: “If your craft breaks down we urge you to remain on board and attempt to raise the alarm by attracting the attention of people ashore or using the recognised means of indicating you need assistance: flares, marine VHF radio or if close to shore via the 999 system to the coastguard from a mobile phone.”
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