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HM Coastguard Medway visits Gravesend RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

We recently welcomed our partners HM Coastguard Medway to Royal Terrace Pier, home of Gravesend RNLI.


HM Coastguard Medway visit Gravesend RNLI - Jamie May (Right) Liam Sidders (Centre) Richard Rogers (Right)

Thames Commander Liam Sidders, who is one of those in charge of taking out Gravesend's Atlantic 85 lifeboat on rescues, said:

'HM Coastguard Medway is a great asset to have when dealing with the various rescue situations that arise here at Gravesend. Although many of our incidents happen towards the east end of London we do require the assistance from our partners at HMCG Medway to aid us with the more rural and mud types of rescues'.

HM Coastguard Medway are based out of Rochester and specialise in cliff, river, mud, harbour and beach rescues.

Liam added: 'It's important to keep these working relationships strong so we can be as effective as possible when the time of need comes'.

'Always remember if you see anyone in trouble by the water call 999 and ask for the Coastguard'.

RNLI Media Contacts

For further information, please contact:

Ashley Bard, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Gravesend RNLI on 07557 157 587 or email [email protected]

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (London and South East), on 07785 296 252 or email [email protected]

Julie Rainey, Regional Media Manager (South East), on 07827 358 256 or email [email protected]

RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or email [email protected]

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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