Walmer RNLI called to people cut off by the tide
Walmer crew launched to a report of three people and a dog cut off on a small beach and rocks by the incoming tide near St Margaret’s Bay.
Crew were paged at 12.59pm yesterday, 16 April, and launched in the station’s inshore D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II following the tasking by HM Coastguard. On arrival at the scene at Ness Point, two crew were put ashore where they checked if anyone needed medical attention before handing out survivor’s lifejackets and masks. The rising tide had made it impossible for the casualties to safely retrace their path. One crew member remained on the rocks while the lifeboat transferred the casualties to St Margaret’s Bay where, with the help of the Langdon Mobile Coastguard team they were put safely ashore.
The lifeboat returned to the rocks to pick up the remaining crew member and collect the casualty’s personal belongings which were handed over to the mobile coastguard team on the beach.
The boat returned to station where it was thoroughly cleaned and made ready for service.
We encourage people to enjoy their visit to the coast but would always recommend checking the locality, weather conditions and tides before venturing out.
Notes to editors
Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.
It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.
Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.