Missing-swimmer-and-errant-seagulls-a-busy-day-for-Margate-RNLI

Byline: A report of a possible missing swimmer, and children chasing seagulls into the sea led to a busy afternoon for the crew of Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat yesterday (Sunday 30 June).
Page Content: Coastguards at Dover received concurrent calls reporting four children chasing an injured seagull into the sea at the Winter Gardens, close to the lifeboat station and also concern for a possible missing swimmer at West Bay Westgate. Margate’s inshore lifeboat was tasked and quickly established that the four children were safe ashore, the local coastguard unit provided safety advice to the children.

The lifeboat then made its way to Westgate where after liaising with RNLI lifeguards on duty in the bay established that a local concession holder had reported seeing two swimmers in the sea but subsequently loosing site of the second one. A search of the immediate area got under way involving the lifeboat, lifeguards and local coastguards. Dover coastguard meanwhile called in an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk to assist in the search. After nearly an hour of intensive searching all units were stood-down the call being considered a false alarm with good intent.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority said: “Fortunately the quick and precise information provided by the first informant allowed the search to be concentrated in a relatively small area which the lifeboat, lifeguards, helicopter and coastguard were able to cover intensely. We encourage people who think they see someone in difficulties at sea not to hesitate and dial 999 and ask for coastguard immediately, second can count in these situations”.

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: A report of a possible missing swimmer, and children chasing seagulls into the sea led to a busy afternoon for the crew of Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat yesterday (Sunday 30 June).
Page Content: Coastguards at Dover received concurrent calls reporting four children chasing an injured seagull into the sea at the Winter Gardens, close to the lifeboat station and also concern for a possible missing swimmer at West Bay Westgate. Margate's inshore lifeboat was tasked and quickly established that the four children were safe ashore, the local coastguard unit provided safety advice to the children.

The lifeboat then made its way to Westgate where after liaising with RNLI lifeguards on duty in the bay established that a local concession holder had reported seeing two swimmers in the sea but subsequently loosing site of the second one. A search of the immediate area got under way involving the lifeboat, lifeguards and local coastguards. Dover coastguard meanwhile called in an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk to assist in the search. After nearly an hour of intensive searching all units were stood-down the call being considered a false alarm with good intent.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority said: "Fortunately the quick and precise information provided by the first informant allowed the search to be concentrated in a relatively small area which the lifeboat, lifeguards, helicopter and coastguard were able to cover intensely. We encourage people who think they see someone in difficulties at sea not to hesitate and dial 999 and ask for coastguard immediately, second can count in these situations".

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate


RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789