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Byline: Thanet RNLI lifeguards and Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat have rescued two people drifting out to sea in blustery offshore winds in an inflatable dinghy.
Page Content: RNLI lifeguards on duty on the main sands at Margate observed a small inflatable dinghy this afternoon (3 July) with two adult males on board drifting out to sea in blustery offshore wind conditions. They appeared to be unable to make their own way back to shore and the lifeguards despatched their rescue watercraft (modified jet-ski with a rescue sled) to investigate. They established that the two occupants were in some difficulty attempting to return to shore. By this time they were over a mile offshore and the lifeguard crew contacted coastguards at Dover asking for further assistance from Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat was tasked and soon arrived on scene. The two occupants were taken on board the lifeboat and together with the dinghy in tow returned to the lifeboat slipway accompanied by the lifeguard team. Both occupants were unharmed after their adventure.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “This was a good example of the ‘joined-up lifeboating’ approach of lifeguards and lifeboat working together. Basic inflatable dinghies without adequate safety provision caTn be dangerous. Fresh offshore winds will soon take these craft out to sea where they will be difficult to spot from onshore”.

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: Thanet RNLI lifeguards and Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat have rescued two people drifting out to sea in blustery offshore winds in an inflatable dinghy.
Page Content: RNLI lifeguards on duty on the main sands at Margate observed a small inflatable dinghy this afternoon (3 July) with two adult males on board drifting out to sea in blustery offshore wind conditions. They appeared to be unable to make their own way back to shore and the lifeguards despatched their rescue watercraft (modified jet-ski with a rescue sled) to investigate. They established that the two occupants were in some difficulty attempting to return to shore. By this time they were over a mile offshore and the lifeguard crew contacted coastguards at Dover asking for further assistance from Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat.

The lifeboat was tasked and soon arrived on scene. The two occupants were taken on board the lifeboat and together with the dinghy in tow returned to the lifeboat slipway accompanied by the lifeguard team. Both occupants were unharmed after their adventure.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “This was a good example of the ‘joined-up lifeboating’ approach of lifeguards and lifeboat working together. Basic inflatable dinghies without adequate safety provision caTn be dangerous. Fresh offshore winds will soon take these craft out to sea where they will be difficult to spot from onshore”.


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