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Second call in two days for Margate’s volunteer lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

A disabled fishing vessel has received assistance from Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat this afternoon.

Margate RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'Leonard Kent' at sea (RNLI Margate)

RNLI/Peter Barker

Margate RNLI all-weather lifeboat 'Leonard Kent' at sea (RNLI Margate)

A local leisure fishing vessel with three persons on board contacted UK Coastguard this afternoon (Wednesday 15 February) reporting that they had encountered machinery failure. They were around three miles north west of Margate and requested assistance.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist and soon arrived on scene. After establishing the occupants were safe and well the vessel was taken under tow back to the safety of Margate harbour.

This was the second call in two days for the volunteer crew following the capsize of a small craft off Minnis Bay, Birchington the previous day. On this occasion the inshore lifeboat responded and once on scene it was established that the occupant had managed to make shore safely. He was unhurt after his ordeal.

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