Woman taken to hospital after being rescued from the water at Walpole Bay

Margate RNLI

Emergency services were called out last night (July 18) to a report of a person in the sea at Walpole Bay.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked, along with coastguard rescue teams, Kent Police and the coastguard helicopter.

An intensive shoreline search was carried out including the use of parachute flares and the woman was spotted by coastguards in the water on the rocks at the Lido.

A member of the lifeboat crew assisted coastguards in getting the woman to a place of safety and as there were early signs of hypothermia with the casualty, the helicopter lifted her from the rocks for transfer to hospital.

There is no information about her condition at this time.

Ian Lowe, deputy launching authority at Margate RNLI, said: “This was a difficult rescue on a very dark night, without moonlight and a moderate breeze over a falling tide making conditions very uncomfortable and difficult for the crew to search in the surf line for the casualty. The combined efforts of the rescue services ensured a positive outcome.”