Providing assistance afloat and ashore – just another day for Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew has responded this evening to a report of a dinghy in difficulties and a member of the public with a head wound following a fall outside the lifeboat station.

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

UK Coastguard received a report around 7pm this evening (Saturday 20 July) of a small dinghy with a single occupant possibly in difficulties off Palm Bay, a mile east of the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was tasked to investigate and identified an inflatable dinghy on the beach at the reported location.

Margate’s Coastguard Rescue Team was also tasked and directed the lifeboat to small vessels anchored close to a tanker in the Margate Roads anchorage, these were quickly identified as angling boats not in need of assistance.

Meanwhile the coastguard team approached the dinghy ashore and established the occupant was safe and well. Left in the care of coastguard officers, the inshore lifeboat returned to station.

Soon after the lifeboat was launched an elderly female took a tumble near the boathouse sustaining a head injury. The returning RNLI shore crew, which included a paramedic rendered assistance until an ambulance arrived and took the lady to hospital for further treatment.


RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304 [email protected]

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (SouthEast), 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 [email protected]

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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