Margate RNLI investigates report of drifting dinghy
Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat has investigated reports of an inflatable dinghy drifting and possibly in difficulties off Kingsgate.
Around 7pm last night (Sunday 25 August) UK Coastguard received reports of an inflatable dinghy with several people on board making little progress and possibly in difficulties off the Captain Digby public house at Kingsgate. Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat along with Margate Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to investigate.
The search units found a confusing situation, the beaches and waters close inshore still very busy after a hot bank holiday Sunday. In failing light an inshore waters search pattern including the use of illuminating parachute flares was carried out. After the area had been thoroughly checked out, and with no further reports the search was terminated and all units returned to station, the call considered to be a false alarm with good intent.
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