Busy day for Walmer volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crews from RNLI Walmer respond to five service calls in one day.

Walmer crew with mobile coastal team

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer crew with mobile coastal team
Walmer lifeboat's Sunday 16 June joint training exercise with local mobile Coastguard teams was interrupted at 10.20am with a tasking to a person on the rocks in St Margaret's Bay in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide. Walmer's inshore D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II, with the Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan standing by, put two crew members ashore to make an assessment and give the casualty reassurance. After being given a lifejacket the casualty was taken on board the inshore lifeboat and transferred to the beach near The Coastguard public house where he was given oxygen and reassessed by the crew before being handed over to the Coastal Rescue Team.

At 5.35pm crew assembled to relaunch Duggie Rodbard II to an incident at Hope Point involving a family pet.

At 10.20pm both boats were launched again to a report of two people cut off by the incoming tide at Ness Point near St Margaret's Bay. A crew member was put ashore and issued lifejackets. After checking the need for medical assistance the pair were taken from the rocks aboard the inshore lifeboat and taken back to the beach where they were handed into the care of Langdon Mobile Coastguard team.

Speaking at the end of the day the helmsmen of both boats reiterated the advice that regardless of the time of day they would encourage people to check local tide times, read signs to be aware of local hazards and to always carry a means of calling for help.

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Crew about to recover casualty

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Crew about to recover casualty

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