Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Inflatable balloon sparks Coastguard and Lifeboat call-out in Margate Lido

On Monday (16th September) HM Coastguard Margate were tasked by the UK Coastguard along with RNLI Margate Inshore Lifeboat to reports of a person in the water by the Lido, Cliftonville. Arriving on scene Coastguard officers spotted an object in the water and once the lifeboat arrived it was quickly established that the object was an inflatable balloon possibly accompanied by a seal.


The balloon was removed from the water and taken back to the lifeboat, boat house.
The Deputy Station Officer for Margate Coastguard said “we cannot stress enough how bad these can be when they make it into the environment! Not only are they a danger to local wildlife but they can also cause issues for the emergency services. We will always attend reports of people in trouble but this could distract us from potential real life rescues. Please enjoy them but please do not let them off by the sea. Dispose of them sensibly when you have finished with them”.

Useful links:

HM Coastguard Margate Facebook page

RNLI Margate Facebook page

Know who to call for a coastal emergency – Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Acknowledgments:

HM Coastguard Margate

Saturday morning beach clean, tyres & cups of tea
The absolutely fantastic Joss Bay Beach – pretty clean or so we thought!

On Saturday morning I found myself over at Joss Bay, helping out with the Broadstairs Town Team beach clean. Although, the sun was out and beautiful blue skies were shaping up nicely, the very harsh and bitterly cold wind, which had been widely forecast was blowing across Joss BayJoss Bay is arguably one of Thanet’s finest beaches, home to the fantastic Surf School and very popular during the Summer months.  Broadstairs Town Team, similar to a growing number of commmunity groups, carry out awesome work, helping to improve the local environment making it a better place to live, work and visit. If you haven’t already have a quick look at what they are up to.

Beach cleans – what happens?

Just incase you haven’t ventured out onto a beach clean before. They comprise of a short health and safety briefing, issue of kit essential to the task eg bags, rubbish grabber, gloves, high viz jacket and then it’s down to you to crack on.

What we found

Hunting for litter – just some of the things we found!

Any old tyres?

Surprisingly, despite the beach and car park looking pretty clean (so, we thought), the above illustrates the amount of rubbish etc that we managed to collect, including the old tyre and plenty of old rope.  Incase you weren’t aware of how long a plastic bag takes to degrade here is an interesting link.

Delivering Coastal safety messages to beach clean volunteers

It was also great to speak with the beach clean volunteers about some of the RNLI’s key safety messages, including ‘float not swim’, ‘Respect the Water‘ and tidal safety considerations.

After securing all the litter that we had collected in one place, it was time to head for home for a well deserved cup of tea. Hope to see you again soon.  Thank you

My top 5 reasons why its good to get involved in a beach clean:

  1.   Grab some free exercise (you can even bring your doggie along out of the peak season)
  2.   Extend your social circle by meeting new people
  3.   Contribute to helping the local community and environment look and feel better
  4.   Be part of something on your door step that globally helps to protect and conserve the marine environment and its species
  5.   It’s free to attend and is a quick and easy way to volunteer your time for a very good cause

Don’t forget you can get involved in future beach cleans by checking out the Broadstairs Town Team Facebook page. The Great British Beach Clean is happening on the 3rd weekend of September. Check their website on how you can take part.

The Thanet Coast Project has a whole host of interesting events taking place this year, why not have a look at what’s on?

Find out more information about how you can become a Big Spring Beach Clean Leader 

Big Spring Beach Clean April 2018

Other useful websites: Surfers Against Sewage, Marine Conservation Society, RNLI beach safety 

Walpole Bay Bathing Group