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Byline: Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has taken part in coast search after an unaccompanied dog was seen in a distressed state near the clifftop at Kingsgate leading to fears that its owner may have fallen over the cliff.
Page Content: Kent Police received a call yesterday evening (Saturday 14 February) from two member of the public reporting that a dog was in an agitated state at the cliff top near the Botany Bay Hotel Kingsgate. There was concern that its owner may have fallen over the cliff.

Dover Coastguard were alerted and Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, along with the local coastguard rescue team were tasked to carry out a search of the area. The lifeboat checked the bays and caves between Botany and Kingsgate Bays and then stood by while a member of the coastguard cliff team was lowered through the caves in the cliff to check any concealed areas. Nothing was found and the search units were stood down, the member of the coastguard cliff team returned to Margate on board the lifeboat. It is considered the call was a false alarm.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “Dogs are known to have a second sense when a human gets into difficulties and it was feared that its owner may have fallen over the cliff in the dark. There was genuine concern and it was important to check out all possibilities.”

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: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• 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: Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has taken part in coast search after an unaccompanied dog was seen in a distressed state near the clifftop at Kingsgate leading to fears that its owner may have fallen over the cliff.
Page Content: Kent Police received a call yesterday evening (Saturday 14 February) from two member of the public reporting that a dog was in an agitated state at the cliff top near the Botany Bay Hotel Kingsgate. There was concern that its owner may have fallen over the cliff.

Dover Coastguard were alerted and Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, along with the local coastguard rescue team were tasked to carry out a search of the area. The lifeboat checked the bays and caves between Botany and Kingsgate Bays and then stood by while a member of the coastguard cliff team was lowered through the caves in the cliff to check any concealed areas. Nothing was found and the search units were stood down, the member of the coastguard cliff team returned to Margate on board the lifeboat. It is considered the call was a false alarm.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat said: “Dogs are known to have a second sense when a human gets into difficulties and it was feared that its owner may have fallen over the cliff in the dark. There was genuine concern and it was important to check out all possibilities.”


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: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• 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