Providing assistance afloat and ashore – just another day for Margate RNLI
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.
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.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.