Person rescued from the sea by Margate RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Margate RNLI has rescued a person following reports of two people possibly in difficulties in the sea off Westbrook Bay, Margate.

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

RNLI Margate

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

UK Coastguard received a report of two people in the sea at Westbrook Bay yesterday evening. There was concern for the welfare of the two and the inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist, Kent Police, Margate Coastguard Rescue Team and SECAMB were also alerted and attended.

It was established that one of the two persons had got ashore unaided and was in the care of the emergency services and when the lifeboat arrived on the scene the second person was quickly located in the sea well beyond the depth where he could have stood. The lifeboat crew became concerned for the person’s welfare and it was some considerable time before he was able to be recovered into the safety of the lifeboat.

The lifeboat returned to the lifeboat station where the casualty was handed into the care of the other emergency services which were now also in attendance.

Nick Smith, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate Lifeboat said: “This was a delicate situation for the volunteer crew to deal with and uppermost in everyone’s mind was the safety and welfare of the person in the water. We hope he recovers quickly from his ordeal and would like to thank the person who alerted the coastguard to the situation initially, remember if you see anyone in difficulties at sea or on the shoreline dial 999 and ask for coastguard.”

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