Two-rescued-by-Margate-RNLI-after-abandoning-their-sinking-speedboat

Byline: Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has taken part in the dramatic rescue of two people who abandoned their speedboat when it started to sink.
Page Content: Crew members at the lifeboat station raised the alarm yesterday evening (Saturday 18 July) when they observed a small speedboat with two people on board having difficulties starting their engine half a mile off the boathouse.

The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist but before they arrived the speedboat started to sink and the two occupants, who were wearing lifejackets, took to the water and started to swim ashore. They were pulled from the water by the lifeboat crew and the speedboat, which was close to sinking completely, was taken in tow and beached back on the shoreline. The two occupants of the boat were unharmed after their ordeal.

Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Margate RNLI said: “Two elements combined to save these two lives; the fact that their plight was seen early allowing a quick response by the lifeboat and more importantly the occupants were wearing lifejackets. The message is very clear, never go to sea in a small craft without wearing a lifejacket, on this occasion they probably saved their lives”.

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: Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat has taken part in the dramatic rescue of two people who abandoned their speedboat when it started to sink.
Page Content: Crew members at the lifeboat station raised the alarm yesterday evening (Saturday 18 July) when they observed a small speedboat with two people on board having difficulties starting their engine half a mile off the boathouse.

The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist but before they arrived the speedboat started to sink and the two occupants, who were wearing lifejackets, took to the water and started to swim ashore. They were pulled from the water by the lifeboat crew and the speedboat, which was close to sinking completely, was taken in tow and beached back on the shoreline. The two occupants of the boat were unharmed after their ordeal.

Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Margate RNLI said: "Two elements combined to save these two lives; the fact that their plight was seen early allowing a quick response by the lifeboat and more importantly the occupants were wearing lifejackets. The message is very clear, never go to sea in a small craft without wearing a lifejacket, on this occasion they probably saved their lives".


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