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Pregnant woman among three rescued by volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

A pregnant woman and small child were among three people rescued by a Walmer RNLI crew yesterday, 18 July.

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer’s D Class lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II was paged at 11.39am yesterday to casualties cut off by a rising tide at Ness Point, north of Dover Harbour. On reaching the scene, the lifeboat was nosed on to the beach and turned bow to sea. One crew member was put ashore to check on the welfare of the casualties while two others steadied the boat allowing quick and safe access to the lifeboat.

With the casualties safely on board, the lifeboat relaunched and returned them to St Margaret’s Bay just around the headland. A smooth approach was made and the lifeboat was floated on to the beach where appropriately dressed members of the Deal Coastguard Rescue Team assisted the casualties ashore. After making final checks, the lifeboat left the scene at 12.20pm.

Helm James Foster said ’We would always recommend that visitors undertaking coastal beach walks take special notice of local weather conditions, tide times and beware of potential rock falls.’

Notes to editors

Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.

It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.

Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry

To find out more about Walmer lifeboat station go to

Photo 1 Volunteers locate the casualties on the beach

Photo 2 Crew steady the lifeboat ready for the casualties

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  • Chris Winslade, Lifeboat Press Officer, Walmer Lifeboat Station on 01304 374475 or 07906 623037 [email protected]

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 or [email protected]

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

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