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Subject: Ramsgate RNLI inshore Lifeboat rescues a woman and two children cut off

Lifeboats News Release

Easter Sunday festivities were interrupted when Ramsgate RNLI received a call to launch to the rescue of a lady and two children cut off by a rising tide at Dumpton Gap in Broadstairs.

Ramsgate ILB

RNLI/Malcolm Kirkaldie

Ramsgate ILB
At 11:23am the Inshore Lifeboat was launched after a 999 Call to UK Coastguard from a woman with 2 children cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, with an hour of rising tide to go. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived promptly on the scene and put one of their crew ashore to assist with the casualties. Once all three casualties were safely aboard they were brought back to the Lifeboat Station, where they were given blankets to get warm. The station then dried their clothes in the station tumble drier and provided an assortment of plastic bags to put their hiking boots into. Once their clothing was dried they were then dropped off at the RNLI Charity Shop as requested before making their way by train back to London.

When visiting the seaside please take extreme caution as it is very easy to get stranded by a rising tide. The lady did exactly the right thing by calling the coastguard, always dial 999 if you see anyone or are yourself in danger

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