Margate RNLI checks out report of craft in difficulties
Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked around 4pm this afternoon after a member of the public reported two personal water-craft appearing to be in difficulties, making slow progress off The Lido, Cliftonville.
The lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and located the craft and after talking with the occupants established that they were not in any need of assistance. The call was considered a false alarm with good intent and the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Peter Barker, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer RNLI Margate said: “The two craft were well-prepared for their outing with a contact ashore observing their safety. We are grateful to the first informant for raising their concerns, rather a checked-out false alarm that missing a genuine distress situation. If you see anything untoward at sea or on the shoreline dial 999 and ask for coastguard.
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