Margate RNLI assist kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI volunteer crew have responded following a report of kayakers in difficulties off the north Kent coast.

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden' (RNLI Margate) (3)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden' (RNLI Margate) (3)

UK Coastguard was contacted by members of the public around 1pm today (Monday 14 December) reporting three kayakers appearing to be in difficulties off West Bay, Westgate, the occupant of one of the kayaks was reported to be in the water close to the other two crafts.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist, Margate coastguard rescue team (CRT) also altered and asked to attend. Conditions were blustery with a fresh south-westerly wind and while en route coastguards informed the lifeboat that the first informant had reported that one of the kayaks was close to returning to the beach but the other two were still at sea attempting to return to shore.

Once on scene the lifeboat confirmed that the occupant of the first kayak was safe ashore and then stood by the other two who were endeavouring to return to shore. As one of the two was feeling the effects of the elements he was taken on board the lifeboat and returned to shore along with his craft. Once it was confirmed all three kayakers were safe ashore and not in need of medical assistance the lifeboat was released and returned to station.

ENDS

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

· Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (SouthEast), 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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