Paddleboarders plucked from rough seas in multi-agency rescue off Margate

Contributed by editor on Jun 30, 2020 - 07:00 AM

Ian Lowe - urging great care if the wind is blowing off the land


Both Margate RNLI lifeboats together with lifeguards from Margate and Joss Bay and local coastguards have rescued two paddle boarders in strong wind conditions and rough seas.  

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RNLI lifeguards at Joss Bay, Broadstairs contacted UK Coastguard around 1.30pm on Sunday 28 June reporting they were attempting to rescue two people on a paddle board around 250m offshore.

They were being blown seawards in a strong offshore wind and choppy seas and requested further assistance.

In view of the adverse weather and urgency Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to assist supported by the all-weather lifeboat.

Margate RNLI lifeguards also responded with their rescue water craft and Margate’s coastguard rescue team also took part in the rescue.

The inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and after assessing the situation transferred the two paddle boarders into the care of the coastguards ashore.

The inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft returned to station escorted by the all-weather lifeboat in what was by then near-gale force wind conditions.

Ian Lowe, Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘Conditions deteriorated rapidly justifying the multiple unit response. We urge people to take great care if the wind is blowing off the land, it may be calm close inshore but once away from the lee of the land small craft and swimmers can be quickly swept seawards.’

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