Drifting dinghies investigated by the crew of Margate’s RNLI lifeboat

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat has been in action following reports of dinghies adrift off Palm Bay, Cliftonville.

The alert was raised around 5pm this evening when the UK Coastguard received a report of a dinghy adrift off Palm Bay about half a mile east of Margate. The town’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked with investigating along with the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT).

The CRT was quickly on the scene where two occupants of the lifeboat were observed to have reached the safety of the rocks, two others were still in the lifeboat and as they had not reached shore the lifeboat continued to the scene to provide any assistance that may be required. .

Around the same time, the UK Coastguard received another 999 call reporting that a dinghy had been ‘blown over’ by the wind further out to sea and close to the Longnose buoy off Foreness Point. As the lifeboat searched the immediate area, it was determined that this second lifeboat was tied to the first victim and all occupants were present. The lifeboat was released and brought back to station.

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· Margate Lifeboat Station has been in operation since 1860. Learn more about the lifeboat station at: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/margate-lifeboat-station

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