Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Margate Community Blue Light Day pulled in the crowds despite the downpour!

Sunday (18th August) saw our team turn out to support the Margate Blue Light Community Day, held for the third year at Margate Lifeboat Station.   This annual event involves a wide range of emergency services and community groups joining together to show case their roles and functions to members of the public who wouldn’t othewise get the opportunity to get up close to vehicles, crews and equipment.

Visitors braved the torrential down pour of rain and were rewarded to several ‘live’ demonstrations on the water involving RNLI lifeguards and Margate’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Tigger Three’ being put through it’s paces at simulated rescues.

Photo Credit : Sarah Hewes

One of which involved a simulated rescue of a person on an inflatable who had been swept out to sea. You may recall that a multi-agency operation involving the HM Coastguard, lifeguards and two inshore lifeboats which resulted in two young people being successfully rescued after being swept out to sea earlier in the month off Botany Bay on an inflatable. Learn more about inflatable safety

Thanet Lifeguard Club were also on hand to pass on essential CPR skills and how to use a throw bag effectively. Find out more about the work of Thanet Lifeguard Club

Kent Fire & Rescue Service Animal Rescue Unit

The day saw static displays and demonstrations by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, including their Specialst Animal Rescue Vehicle, Aerial Ladder Platform, Community Safety Unit and both Margate Fire Station’s pumping appliances.

Members of Margate Lifeboat crew were on hand to show visitors their new Helly Hansen personal protective kit and display their All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats plus Talus launch tractor.

South East Coast Ambulance Service didn’t disappoint by showcasing their lifesaving trauma equipment and passing on safety tips to help people stay safe during the hot weather.

It was fabulous to welcome the RNLI’s very own Flood Rescue Team to the event. Visitors were able to see close up the equipment carried and found out more about how the Flood Rescue Team operates. Learn more about the work of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team

Our ‘Safety Selfie frame’ was put to good use whilst we chatted to dog owners about coastal doggie safety tips. Learn more about our coastal dog safety tips

The Lifeboat Station Shop was also open for customers selling a range of lifesaving gifts Photo credit: Sarah Hewes

Our team thoroughly enjoyed attending the event chatting about how to stay safe at the coast and near inland water.  We would like to thank Margate Lifeboat Station for inviting us to their event and all the people that popped by to say hello and chat.


Other useful references:

Learn how to ‘float to live’ with Ant Middleton

Can I suffer from ‘cold water shock’

What Does The RNLI Community Safety Team Do?

How to become an RNLI Beach Lifeguard

Coastguard and Lifeguard Team’s Working Together

On Saturday (29th June), we enjoyed a catch-up with members of the Margate HM Coastguard Team and the RNLI Lifeguards who were attending an induction workshop so that they are operationally ready for the forthcoming season. Which if last Summer was anything to go by could be very ‘high tempo’.    It is essential that both teams understand each others operational capabilities and roles as they regularly work closely together at complex multi-agency incidents at the coast.

The HM Coastguard are widely known for their helicopters and their daring sea rescue missions.  However, one of the lesser known Coastguard roles is that of their Rescue Teams based along the coastline.  The teams are all highly trained women and men who are volunteers available round the clock to answer an emergency call.. The Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO’s) are highly trained in cliff, mud and water rescue; advanced first aid and increasingly deployed in their capacity as search technicians to search for high risk vulnerable missing persons in a variety of environments.

Coastguard Officers about to undertake a cliff rescue exercise

It was great to learn about the range of incidents that the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team can get called out to and also the level of training that an RNLI Lifeguard has to undergo before they are ‘operationally ready’.

It was fantastic to stand shoulder to shoulder with both teams to support Armed Forces Day by holding aloft the flag as pictured above.

More Useful Links:

Know who to call – article on the role of HM Coastguard

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HM Coastguard

How to become a lifeguard

HM Coastguard – blogspot

Lucky Escape for dog that fell 25 metres off a cliff