Busy-weekend-for-Margate-RNLI

Byline: It has been a busy bank holiday weekend for Margate’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers, assisting two small craft which encountered difficulties off the north Kent coast.
Page Content: The first callout was on Friday evening (22 May) after a small angling dinghy with two people on board encountered machinery problems while anchored off Minnis Bay Birchington. A call to the coastguard led to Margate’s inshore lifeboat being tasked to assist. The vessel was towed safely back to Minnis Bay.

The following morning (Saturday 23 May) coastguards at Dover received a call from a yacht with three people on board reporting they had run aground on the Margate Sand, around five miles north of Margate. They were having difficulties trying to refloat themselves and this time the all-weather lifeboat was tasked to the yacht’s assistance. The lifeboat stood by the yacht and were able to tow it clear of the sandbank on the rising tide. As the vessel was experiencing manoeuvring problems after being refloated it was taken in tow by the lifeboat to Ramsgate harbour.

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
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: It has been a busy bank holiday weekend for Margate’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers, assisting two small craft which encountered difficulties off the north Kent coast.
Page Content: The first callout was on Friday evening (22 May) after a small angling dinghy with two people on board encountered machinery problems while anchored off Minnis Bay Birchington. A call to the coastguard led to Margate’s inshore lifeboat being tasked to assist. The vessel was towed safely back to Minnis Bay.

The following morning (Saturday 23 May) coastguards at Dover received a call from a yacht with three people on board reporting they had run aground on the Margate Sand, around five miles north of Margate. They were having difficulties trying to refloat themselves and this time the all-weather lifeboat was tasked to the yacht’s assistance. The lifeboat stood by the yacht and were able to tow it clear of the sandbank on the rising tide. As the vessel was experiencing manoeuvring problems after being refloated it was taken in tow by the lifeboat to Ramsgate harbour.


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
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen, RNLI Press Officer, ( (London/East/South East)
• 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789