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Margate RNLI assists police in search for person in distress

Lifeboats News Release

Margate's RNLI inshore lifeboat has assisted Kent Police in a search for a person possibly in distress in the waters off Margate

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

RNLI/Peter Barker

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three' (RNLI Margate)

The volunteer crew were called into action soon after 1am this morning (Saturday 5 August) to assist Kent Police in a search for a person possibly in distress in the waters off Margate.

The person had previously been recovered from the sea by a member of the public and there was concern again about the person’s welfare. Together with the local coastguard rescue team, police officers and a police helicopter an extensive search was carried out on the shoreline and a short distance offshore between Margate and Foreness Point.

After the lifeboat had also checked the harbour area and with nothing found the sea search was called off, police continuing their enquiries ashore.

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