Night search by Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has assisted shore agencies in a search for a possible person in difficulties in the sea.

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden' (RNLI Margate) (2)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Alfred Alexander Staden' (RNLI Margate) (2)

UK Coastguard was contacted by Kent Police around 2.30am this morning (Monday 27 January) asking for assistance in locating a person possibly in difficulties in the sea.

The inshore lifeboat was tasked and along with police officers and members of Margate Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a coastline and inshore waters search off Margate. After around an hour it was established the person was no longer in the sea and all units were stood down.

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