Concern for person in the sea at Margate sparks search

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat and local coastguards have carried out an intensive search after a person was reported in the sea at Margate.

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

RNLI Margate

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

UK Coastguard received a call from a member of the public around 5pm today (Wednesday 2 October) reporting a fully-clothed male entering the sea off Margate’s main sands. A fresh north-westerly wind resulted in confused sea conditions close inshore and concern for the persons safety.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat along with Margate Coastguard Rescue Team were immediately tasked and as it could not be definitely confirmed that the person had left the water a shoreline and inshore waters search was carried out between Margate harbour and Westbrook Bay to the west. Members of the RNLI shore crew also assisted with the shoreline search.

After the area had been covered extensively by the units involved the search was called off, the call being considered a false alarm with good intent.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: “This incident occurred during a spell of particularly unpleasant weather and we strongly urge people not to enter the water in such conditions. We are grateful to the first informant for calling this in and encourage the public to dial 999 and ask for coastguard if they see anything untoward at sea or on the shoreline.”

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