Crew assemble paging leads to rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Walmer RNLI volunteers launch to a dinghy in difficulties.

Walmer's inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II returning from service.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Duggie Rodbard II returning after service.
Walmer RNLI volunteers launched their D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II at 10.50am on 22 May in response to a tasking by HM Coastguard to a report of a 4m dinghy with two people on board in difficulty off Sandown Castle. The casualty vessel was reported drifting with the tide and wind approximately one mile north-east of the castle.

On arrival at the scene the crew took the two casualties on board the lifeboat and handed them survivor lifejackets before towing them to Deal Coastguard station.

The two were given safety advice by both the lifeboat crew and the Deal Coastguard team before the RNLI volunteers returned to the station where the boat was thoroughly sanitised before being returned to service.

The RNLI and HM Coastguard have recently issued a joint beach safety campaign urging people to protect their families and save lives at the coast. With the easing of lockdown restrictions this summer, visits to the coast could see a major impact on RNLI and HM Coastguard services. Beach lifeguard patrols are significantly reduced due to the challenges posed by the coronavirus and they are advising the public not to use inflatables at all and for anyone planning a visit to the beach or the coast to follow safety advice.

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