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Byline: Two kayakers owe their lives to the quick response and vigilance of Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat crew, and the light from their mobile phone.
Page Content: The alarm was raised last night (Friday 18 July) after members of the public saw two kayakers leave their craft and enter the water around 800m off Palm Bay Cliftonville. Darkness was rapidly setting in and a storm with lightning and a strong offshore wind was passing through the area. A 999 call was made to coastguards at Dover and around the same time, one of the kayakers also contacted the coastguard by mobile phone, saying they were in the water and in need of assistance.

Due to the weather conditions and darkness both the inshore and all-weather RNLI lifeboats from Margate were tasked to assist. The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene just fourteen minutes after receiving the call and the two kayakers, both male adults, were quickly found, clinging to a dry-bag, around three-quarters of a mile offshore. They were spotted thanks to the light from their mobile phone, neither were wearing lifejackets. They were taken on board the lifeboat and quickly returned to the lifeboat station where they were handed into the care of a waiting ambulance crew, both showing signs of possible hypothermia and shock.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “These two men are lucky to be alive. They owe their lives to the quick response of the lifeboat crew and the extraordinarily good fortune of being detected, while in the water, by the light of their mobile phone. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of planning and being prepared for such adventures. Adequate clothing, lifejackets and suitable means of attracting attention are the absolute minimum, they have had a very lucky escape.”

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 kayakers owe their lives to the quick response and vigilance of Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat crew, and the light from their mobile phone.
Page Content: The alarm was raised last night (Friday 18 July) after members of the public saw two kayakers leave their craft and enter the water around 800m off Palm Bay Cliftonville. Darkness was rapidly setting in and a storm with lightning and a strong offshore wind was passing through the area. A 999 call was made to coastguards at Dover and around the same time, one of the kayakers also contacted the coastguard by mobile phone, saying they were in the water and in need of assistance.

Due to the weather conditions and darkness both the inshore and all-weather RNLI lifeboats from Margate were tasked to assist. The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene just fourteen minutes after receiving the call and the two kayakers, both male adults, were quickly found, clinging to a dry-bag, around three-quarters of a mile offshore. They were spotted thanks to the light from their mobile phone, neither were wearing lifejackets. They were taken on board the lifeboat and quickly returned to the lifeboat station where they were handed into the care of a waiting ambulance crew, both showing signs of possible hypothermia and shock.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “These two men are lucky to be alive. They owe their lives to the quick response of the lifeboat crew and the extraordinarily good fortune of being detected, while in the water, by the light of their mobile phone. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of planning and being prepared for such adventures. Adequate clothing, lifejackets and suitable means of attracting attention are the absolute minimum, they have had a very lucky escape.”


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