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Margate RNLI alerted to missing children

Lifeboats News Release

Margate RNLI has responded to two missing children on Margate’s main sands this afternoon – time for a reminder of how to enjoy our glorious beaches in safety during this fine weather.

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

RNLI Margate

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

Both of Margate’s RNLI lifeboats were tasked this afternoon to search for two missing children on Margate’s main sands, one had been missing for two and a half hours.

The inshore lifeboat launched and fortunately, soon after, both children were found safe and well and the lifeboat returned to station. It is timely therefore to remember the advice when on the beach with your family.

1. Aim to head for a lifeguarded beach.

2. Understand the meaning of and take note of the flags.

3. Speak to the lifeguards for local knowledge and weather information.

4. When you arrive agree a meeting point in case of separation, the lifeguard hut for example.

5. Take a photo of your children on your mobile phone on the day – useful for those searching.

If your child goes missing.

1. STAY CALM and check your immediate surroundings ensuring other children remain monitored.

2. Contact the lifeguards or police and keep them informed.

3. Let all searchers know once the child is found.

The heart-stopping moment you realise your child has wandered off is not the time to regret giving your day out a little thought beforehand – have fun and enjoy this weather everyone but stay safe.

Go to https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety for more information.

ENDS

RNLI Media contacts

  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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

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