RNLI-Margate-issues-urgent-safety-advice-about-inflatable-dinghies

Byline: Two similar calls in 24 hours have prompted RNLI lifeboat crews in Margate to issue urgent warnings about venturing out to sea in inflatable dinghies in offshore wind conditions.
Page Content: Margate’s inshore lifeboat, along with RNLI lifeguards have this afternoon (Friday 4 July) been involved in a second incident in 24 hours involving inflatable dinghies being blown out to sea by offshore winds. In this incident two people were brought to safety by the lifeboat and lifeguards from Botany Bay after being unable to return to shore.

RNLI guidance is clear: inflatables are great fun in pools but it is strongly advised that they are not used in the sea. If they are, only do so on a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags. Never use an inflatable when the orange windsock is flying, and never in choppy sea conditions. Children’s inflatables should be secured with a line, held securely by an adult.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “A feature of these two incidents was the distance offshore both were blown before being rescued. The importance of only using lifeguarded beaches is highlighted by the fact that it was thanks to the lifeguard’s vigilance that their plight was spotted. It is a very fine line between a story with a happy ending and a tragedy that can be avoided”.

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: Two similar calls in 24 hours have prompted RNLI lifeboat crews in Margate to issue urgent warnings about venturing out to sea in inflatable dinghies in offshore wind conditions.
Page Content: Margate’s inshore lifeboat, along with RNLI lifeguards have this afternoon (Friday 4 July) been involved in a second incident in 24 hours involving inflatable dinghies being blown out to sea by offshore winds. In this incident two people were brought to safety by the lifeboat and lifeguards from Botany Bay after being unable to return to shore.

RNLI guidance is clear: inflatables are great fun in pools but it is strongly advised that they are not used in the sea. If they are, only do so on a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags. Never use an inflatable when the orange windsock is flying, and never in choppy sea conditions. Children’s inflatables should be secured with a line, held securely by an adult.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “A feature of these two incidents was the distance offshore both were blown before being rescued. The importance of only using lifeguarded beaches is highlighted by the fact that it was thanks to the lifeguard’s vigilance that their plight was spotted. It is a very fine line between a story with a happy ending and a tragedy that can be avoided”.


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