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Byline: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat crew have seen their busiest day of the year so far responding to four calls in a single 24 hour period yesterday (Saturday 22 August).
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The all-weather lifeboat was tasked during the morning after an abandoned inflatable dinghy was spotted around seven miles of the coast. A search was carried out by the lifeboat along with the coastguard helicopter and other vessels, the situation was resolved after it was established that the occupant has been picked up earlier by a jet-ski (news release 12.2015 attached refers).

During the afternoon the inshore lifeboat responded to three calls, first after an inflatable toy animal was spotted off the coast. There was concern that a child was hanging on to the toy and after establishing it had blown off the beach unattended was landed back ashore.

Shortly after, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist in the search for a missing child at Minnis Bay. The child was found safe and well ashore and the lifeboat recalled.

Finally the inshore lifeboat was again called out to assist RNLI lifeguards on Margate’s main sands. They were dealing with a serious medical situation and as the beach was so busy the lifeboat was asked to patrol the shoreline until the lifeguards were able to resume their patrols. Safety advice was provided, including warning youngsters of the dangers of ‘tombstoning’ from the harbour arm.

Nick Smith, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate lifeboat said: “Providing lifeboat back-up for the RNLI lifeguards meant safety cover could be maintained on what was probably one of the busiest beaches in the South East. An example of lifeboats and lifeguards offering a ‘joined-up’ safety and rescue service.”

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 lifeboat crew have seen their busiest day of the year so far responding to four calls in a single 24 hour period yesterday (Saturday 22 August).
Page Content:
The all-weather lifeboat was tasked during the morning after an abandoned inflatable dinghy was spotted around seven miles of the coast. A search was carried out by the lifeboat along with the coastguard helicopter and other vessels, the situation was resolved after it was established that the occupant has been picked up earlier by a jet-ski (news release 12.2015 attached refers).

During the afternoon the inshore lifeboat responded to three calls, first after an inflatable toy animal was spotted off the coast. There was concern that a child was hanging on to the toy and after establishing it had blown off the beach unattended was landed back ashore.

Shortly after, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist in the search for a missing child at Minnis Bay. The child was found safe and well ashore and the lifeboat recalled.

Finally the inshore lifeboat was again called out to assist RNLI lifeguards on Margate's main sands. They were dealing with a serious medical situation and as the beach was so busy the lifeboat was asked to patrol the shoreline until the lifeguards were able to resume their patrols. Safety advice was provided, including warning youngsters of the dangers of 'tombstoning' from the harbour arm.

Nick Smith, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate lifeboat said: "Providing lifeboat back-up for the RNLI lifeguards meant safety cover could be maintained on what was probably one of the busiest beaches in the South East. An example of lifeboats and lifeguards offering a 'joined-up' safety and rescue service."


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