9 people assisted by Margate Inshore Lifeboat after being cut off by the tide
On Saturday lunchtime, just as the sunny weekend weather and high temperatures was attracting a multitude of visitors onto the lovely Thanet sandy beaches, Margate Lifeboat crews pagers were activated by the UK Coastguard. Requesting them to launch their Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) to three people cut off by the tide at Kingsgate Bay. Quickly arriving on scene the crew carried out the rescue of a London couple who were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary, along with a photographer who was busy capturing the moment. After successfully completing the rescue, with the couple and photographer only having wet feet to show and being handed over to the care of the Coastguard Rescue Team, the Lifeboat crew then resumed back towards Margate.
Two women were then spotted in a similar area by the Inshore Lifeboat Crew and had walked down a nearby track and were attempting to wade through the water back towards the beach. The Lifeboat Crew advised the two women to return back the way they had walked, they heeded the advice and turned back.
A further two more persons were seen cut-off by the tide, they were taken off the rocks at which point two more adults and two children were also seen. They too were rescued off the rocks by the ILB crew. The casualties were then taken to Botany Bay where the casualties were handed over into the care of the RNLI Lifeguards and HM Coastguard Rescue Team.
Ian Lowe Deputy Luanching Authority Margate Lifeboat said; “To assist nine persons in such a short time in one area shows how easy it is to get into trouble by the water. It was a lovely day to be at the seaside, but not knowing what the tide will do leading to, an unintended spell in the water can spell disaster. The water is still cold, cold water shock can kill the unprepared long before or bring on drowning. Please seek advice before visiting the seaside from the RNLI website and use a lifeguarded beach. Lifeguards know the dangers in the area and will always give advice if asked.”
Acknowledgements to Margate RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer & DLA Ian Lowe