Multi-agency search for missing swimmer off Margate

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s two RNLI lifeboats together with other shore-based and airborne assets have taken part in a search for a missing swimmer off Margate.

Margate RNLI's B class and D class lifeboats (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI's B class and D class lifeboats (RNLI Margate)

UK Coastguard received information at around 3am today (Saturday 11 September) reporting a missing female swimmer off Margate’s main sands. A major search was launched involving Margate’s D class and B class RNLI lifeboats; the coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd Airport; Margate and Herne Bay coastguard rescue teams; Kent Police and Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

The search covered Margate harbour and Nayland Rock areas including the boating and swimming pools, also further to the east allowing for tidal drift. Visual, illuminant flares and electronic aids including FLIR were used in the search. Around three hours in to the search two members of Margate RNLI’s shore crew discovered the body of a women in the harbour as the water drained on the ebbing tide. South East Coast Ambulance Service along with coastguard officers and Kent Police attended and she was declared deceased at the scene. The search was called off and all units returned to station.

We pass on our deep condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

ENDS

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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