Margate RNLI alerted to missing children
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.
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.
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Key facts about the RNLI
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.