Hectic afternoon for East Kent Lifeboat volunteers called out four times

Contributed by editor on Jun 29, 2020 - 09:00 AM

Busy afternoon for Walmer Lifeboat volunteers  Photo: RNLI/Christopher Winslade


Walmer's lifeboat crew was kept busy on Friday afternoon when it was called to four emergency incidents. 

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The first call out at 12.49 pm on Friday 26 June saw the Walmer’s Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan launched to an incident near the South West Goodwin buoy.

This led to the second incident in which two people on a shoreline coastal walk from Dover were cut off by the rising tide at Samphire Hoe.

The casualties were located with help from the Coastguard helicopter which hovered above them until the lifeboat arrived. The crew checked they were alright and handed casualty lifejackets before being taken to Dover Harbour and put ashore at Dover lifeboat station.

Casualties being taken to Dover Harbour - Photo: RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer’s D Class inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II later launched after a report from HM Coastguard that an inflatable was drifting with the strong tide just off the lifeboat station.

First reports suggested that there was a person in the water alongside. On retrieving a ring, a shoreline enquiry was made by both the lifeboat and shore crew to try to locate the owner.

The ring remains unclaimed.

As the boat was about to return the crew’s attention was diverted to a kayak with two people struggling to get to shore.

This was towed and the two kayakers were put safely ashore near the old Kingsdown lifeboat station. While making their way back to the station crew gave advice to several swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders about the importance of wearing appropriate safety equipment. 


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