Lifeboat launches to person cut off by rising tide
Walmer RNLI volunteers launch their D Class lifeboat in response to a request from HM Coastguard.
On reaching the scene the lifeboat, with crew suitably dressed in appropriate PPE following current RNLI guidance, was nosed up between the rocks enabling the casualty to jump on board. A survivor's lifejacket was placed on the casualty and he was asked health questions regarding Coronavirus. As he was seen to be cold he was suitably protected by the crew against a freshening north-easterly wind and an ambulance was requested via the Coastguard.
The lifeboat took the casualty to St Margaret's Bay where he and his group were given safety advice before being handed over to Deal Coastguard to await the ambulance.
Helm Dan Sinclair said: 'We would always encourage people walking along the coast to check local weather conditions and tide times and if you see someone in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
The boat returned to station at 6.05pm where it was thoroughly sanitised before being returned to service.
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