Thanet is fortunate to have two lifeboat station shops located at Margate and Ramsgate respectively . Due to COVID-19 safety protocols both shops have been shut for six months. However, Ramsgate’s shop re-opened on 29th September and is open
You can find the Ramsgate shop at:
The Custom House
On Thursday evening (13th August 2020) our RNLI Community Safety Team were back out in action at Dumpton Gap after gaining permission from the RNLI to re-commence operational duties once again.
Following the suspension of all water safety and drowning prevention operational activity imposed due to COVID-19 the team have been unable to deploy to help save lives at sea by holding water safety engagement stands, deliver talks to schools and community groups; undertake Advice on Board sessions; and carry out lifejacket clinic’s.
However, after gaining permission on Thursday morning from RNLI HQ, the team quickly took the initiative and formulated a plan to deploy operationally during the early evening at Dumpton Gap which is a tidal cut-off point and very popular with dog walkers and other beach users.
John Homer (Thanet RNLI Community Safety Advisor) said “It was great to get out and about at Dumpton Gap to talk to beach users about water safety on Thursday evening. The number of calls that the RNLI and Coastguard have received has significantly increased this Summer due to more people taking ‘Stay vacations’ and we are very pleased that we are now able to help share the key safety messages again to beach users to help save lives at sea. Our plea is to keep inflatable toys for the pool and not bring them to the seaside as they can be extremely dangerous as we have seen recently along the coast”.
If you do decide to bring an inflatable to the coast please follow this advice:
children should be supervised at all times by an adult
inflatables should be kept close to the shoreline
inflatables should only be used on a lifeguarded beach between the yellow and red flags
never use an inflatable in big waves
never use an inflatable when the orange windsock is flying as this indicates and off-shore wind that will blow the inflatable out to sea
always follow the advice of a lifeguard
whenever you take to the sea we recommend that you and your children wear a suitable buoyancy aid or lifejacket. This will provide the necessary floation should the inflatable suffer a puncture or similar
During the Beach Safety Deployment the team spoke with thirty members of the public about a wide range of water safety advice including using inflatables at the seaside, how to ‘Float to Live’, Coastal Dog Safe, Paddle Boarding, lifejackets and Tidal Cut-Off’s.
We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to chat to us at Dumpton Gap on Thursday evening.
Our team now looks forward to deploying again to help share the water safety messages to the Thanet Community and visitors to the coast.
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