Multiple service calls end with a round of applause

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer RNLI responds to five emergency calls in sixteen hours.

People cut off by the rising tide returned to the beach.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

People cut off by the rising tide returned to the beach.

Walmer volunteers on board their Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan began a busy weekend on Friday 7 August with an initial paging at 7.46pm which resulted in the rescue of three people. While returning the crew were tasked to search near the new Dover Harbour pier due to concern for a person who had entered the water. It was discovered that the person had made it safely back to shore. The lifeboat to return to station at around 10.15pm when it was cleaned and made ready for service.

After returning from a further launch at 9.05am on Saturday 8 August, the crew were paged at 12.51pm, again launched on board Donald McLauchlan and were tasked to reports of a vessel taking on water between Walmer and Fan Bay. A careful search revealed nothing untoward. While returning to station the lifeboat assisted two people cut off under the cliffs by the rising tide. The casualties, after being asked if they were displaying any symptoms of Covid 19, were taken on board and landed back near The Coastguard Restaurant and Bar in St Margaret’s Bay to a round of applause from bathers on the beach.

On returning to station, crew kit and the lifeboat were thoroughly cleansed and made ready for service again.

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan returning from service on Friday.

RNLI/Dave Whitbread

Walmer's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan returning from service on Friday.

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