Busy weekend for Margate RNLI as leisure activity picks up

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An increase in activity as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted has been reflected in a busy bank holiday Monday for Margate’s volunteer lifeboat crew.

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

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

It has been a quiet few weeks during the recent lockdown for Margate’s RNLI lifeboat crew but a combination of the easing of restrictions, favourable weather conditions and a bank holiday has meant a return to business as usual with two call-outs for the town’s inshore lifeboat.

Around 4pm yesterday (Monday 25 May) UK Coastguard received a report of two people in a dinghy drifting seaward with the tide off Epple Bay, Birchington. The inshore lifeboat was tasked along with Margate’s coastguard rescue team, the latter were quickly on scene and able to establish the dinghy had returned to shore safely with assistance from a jet-ski from Beresford Water Ski Club. The lifeboat was recalled and returned to station.

A few hours later, around 7pm UK Coastguard received a further call from Kent Police reporting a swimmer appearing to be in difficulties off Walpole Bay, Cliftonville, a second person had also entered the water to assist. The inshore lifeboat along with the coastguard rescue team and police officers were tasked and once on scene located the original casualty in shallow water attempting with some difficulty to make his way back to shore. Members of the lifeboat crew and coastguard officers assisted the casualty back to shore and he was handed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: “Following the recent restrictions and throughout the period of lockdown we have implemented measures to minimise the risk to our volunteer lifeboat crew while maintaining a full service capability with both our inshore and all-weather lifeboats. We urge people to follow safety advice which is available at https://bit.ly/Beach_Safe_RNLI

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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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