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Report of persons in the sea sparks search off Margate

Lifeboats News Release

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat, the Coastguard helicopter and Margate Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) have been involved in a night-time search off Margate following reports of persons in the sea.

AIS plot of Margate inshore lifeboat during the search (courtesy MarineTraffic)

RNLI Margate

AIS plot of Margate inshore lifeboat during the search (courtesy MarineTraffic)

Kent Police received a call around 9pm last night (Tuesday 11 October) reporting a person with a foreign accent shouting for help in the sea off Margate with a second person possibly going to their aid.

UK Coastguard tasked Margate RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter from Lydd Airport to carry out a close inshore and shoreline search taking into account tidal and wind drift predictions using visual, searchlight and electronic aids while the CRT searched the shoreline and made enquiries locally. The B class lifeboat was placed at Immediate Readiness. After around 90 minutes, with nothing found and nothing positive established ashore the search was terminated. Further enquiries continued ashore the call considered a false alarm with good intent.

Christian Wright, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: “The search area was relatively small and able to be covered with a good search quality. It is always concerning when there is no conclusion but we would rather attend a false alarm than consider being such with the wrong result. In coastal emergencies dial 999 and ask for Coastguard.”

Photo: AIS plot of Margate inshore lifeboat during the search (courtesy MarineTraffic)

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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Margate RNLI D class inshore lifeboat

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI D class inshore lifeboat

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