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Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat called out twice within 24 hours

By KentOnline reporter

Two adults and a child were rescued after their speedboat ran out of fuel off the coast of Margate.

They used a mobile phone to alert the Coastguard and the RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to check they were safe and tow them back to Palm Bay.

It happened on Saturday afternoon.

The Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat

Around 24 hours later the rescue craft was called out again following a report that a kayaker had fallen from his craft off Walpole Bay in Cliftonville.

The Coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd airfield was scrambled and local coastguard rescue team were also tasked.

Following a search of the area where the lifeboat found the flooded kayak it was established the occupant had managed to make his own way ashore.

Once it was confirmed everyone was accounted for the search units were stood down.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat, said: “With the arrival of spring people’s thoughts are turning to enjoying some leisure time on the water.

“We urge everyone to make sure they are well equipped with safety equipment and importantly plan their adventure.”

Detailed safety information is available on the RNLI website at https://rnli.org/safety

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