RNLI assists Kent Police after person enters the water in Margate harbour
Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has responded to a person reportedly being pursued by police officers and subsequently entering the sea at Margate harbour
Margate RNLI was paged by UK Coastguard around 9pm last night (Sunday 30 June) requesting the assistance of the inshore lifeboat following a report of a person in the water in Margate harbour. Further information stated the person concerned was being pursued by police officers and had entered the water at the seaward end of the harbour arm.
The inshore lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and approached the person from seawards, but he declined assistance. The lifeboat stood by until he managed to swim ashore and was met by waiting police officers.
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