Margate RNLI rescues three people cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has rescued three people stranded by the rising tide in a secluded bay at Kingsgate.

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

RNLI Margate

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

UK Coastguard received reports around mid-afternoon today (Sunday 18 April) of three persons cut off by the rising tide at Joss Bay Broadstairs. Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist with Margate Coastguard’s Coast Rescue Team also responding.

While en route the lifeboat received updated information that the casualties were in a small, secluded inlet on the Margate side of Kingsgate Bay to the north of Joss Bay. The three persons, two male and one female were quickly located by the lifeboat crew and after checks on their welfare they were transferred to the lifeboat and landed at Kingsgate Bay into the care of waiting coastguard officers.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: ‘It has been superb weather this weekend for a pleasant walk around our stunning coastline but we urge people to plan their route and check the state of the tide. Each Friday we publish tide times for the weekend on our facebook page, alternatively by visiting https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast-and-sea/tide-tables/9/103 you can see the times of high and low water including a graphic showing clearly if the tide is rising or falling. Other similar free tide tables are also available – just ask Google.’

Notes to editors

· Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/margate-lifeboat-station

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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.

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