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Margate’s RNLI lifeboats in extensive search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Margate’s two RNLI lifeboats have taken part in an extensive search over two days after a person went missing on the north Kent coast.

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

RNLI Margate

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

Margate’s B class and D class lifeboats were tasked just before midnight last night (Wednesday 23 August) after UK Coastguard received information that a person was missing after taking their dog for a walk earlier in the day in the Minnis Bay/Reculver area, the dog had been found alone.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd Airport along with Kent Police and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Margate, Herne Bay and Deal also responded, carrying out a search on land while the lifeboats undertook a shoreline search between Minnis Bay and Reculver and up to half a nautical mile offshore. After around two hours the sea search was called off with the lifeboats returning to station, the shore-based agencies continued their search on land.

Around 10:30am today (Thursday 24 August) Margate’s two RNLI lifeboats were tasked again, joined by Whitstable RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat to recommence the search with Coastguard Rescue Teams and Kent Police also involved on shore. The lifeboats searched close inshore between Margate and Reculver from the shoreline and up to one nautical offshore, the three lifeboats coordinating their search effort to saturate the area. After around two and a half hours, again without result the sea search was called off with onshore searches and enquiries continuing.

Kent Police has issued an appeal for the public’s help in finding the person and details can be found at https://www.kent.police.uk/news/kent/latest/missing/appeal-to-find-missing-woman-from-upstreet/

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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