Margate RNLI responds to paddle boarder in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has responded to a report of a stand-up paddle boarder in difficulties off Westgate-on-Sea.

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

RNLI Margate

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

Around 7pm this evening UK Coastguard received a report that a young male had fallen off his stand-up paddle board and was possibly in difficulties off Westgate Bay around one mile west of Margate lifeboat station. Three members of the public were reported to have entered the water to assist with two kayakers also attempting to assist.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat along with Margate coastguard rescue team were tasked to assist and once the rescue units were on scene it was established that all involved including the original casualty had reached shore safely. After confirming everyone was safe and well and with safety advice passed on the lifeboat was released and returned to station.

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· Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1896. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/margate-lifeboat-station

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