Complex rescue operation for north Kent lifeboats and coastguards

Lifeboats News Release

A complex rescue operation involving three RNLI lifeboats and shore-based Coastguard Rescue Teams took place today after a person was cut off by the tide between Reculver and Herne Bay.

Margate RNLI's B class and D class lifeboats

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI's B class and D class lifeboats

A member of the public contacted UK Coastguard around 1.30pm today (Wednesday 5 January) reporting being cut off by the tide at Bishopstone, between Reculver and Herne Bay, weather conditions were unpleasant with a fresh-northwesterly wind and moderate sea conditions. Margate and Whitstable RNLI B class lifeboats were tasked to assist along with Margate’s D class inshore lifeboat to provide various options should an evacuation by sea be required. Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRT) from Margate and Herne Bay were also tasked to provide shoreside assistance.

The person was located, isolated above the high-water mark by Whitstable lifeboat and after assessing the situation and options available CRT officers established they could descend to the beach and carry out a rope rescue to recover the person to the clifftop where his welfare was checked and was reported as being unhurt following his adventure. The lifeboats remained on scene during the rescue until the person was recovered by the coastguards whereafter all sea-borne units were released and returned to station.

On its return journey, Margate’s B class lifeboat was diverted to investigate a report of a small craft off Minnis Bay. After checking out the area it was considered the well-intentioned informant had mistaken one or both of Margate’s lifeboats for a craft possibly in difficulties.

Derek Amas, Lifeboat Operations Manager Margate RNLI said: “This was a complex rescue that demanded a professional assessment by the various rescue units both afloat and ashore. We urge people to plan ahead if they wish to enjoy a walk along the coastline. Local signage is often in place and tide times are freely available online including from the BBC.”


Notes to editors

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