Margate and Ramsgate RNLI responds to report of 50 people cut off by tide

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RNLI crews at Ramsgate and Margate have launched in response to a report of up to 50 people cut off by the tide near Joss Bay.

The call came in at around 1.30pm today (July 1). Crews are still on the call.

Yesterday crews were called out to a report of up to eight people cut off by the tide in Broadstairs.

The eight people were cut off by the tide at the 39 Steps. Stone Bay lifeguard and Margate RNLI were on scene when the Ramsgate crew arrived.

A key was obtained for the gate at the steps and the eight people were able to get to safety.

The Margate crew were stood down while Ramsgate returned the lifeguard to Stone Bay and then proceeded back to the station.

The call outs are the latest in a string of incidents this year with people becoming stranded due to the incoming tide.

On June 2 Margate RNLI had to deal with nine people, including a bride, groom and photographer at Kingsgate, who were all cut off by the tide.

In April Ramsgate RNLI were called out to three incidents of people and animals cut off at Dumpton Gap.

The RNLI advises people to check tide timetables if you are going to walk along the Thanet coast.

Peter Barker, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate Lifeboat, said: “We are seeing an increase in the number of people getting cut off by the tide at the time of high spring tides around early afternoon. Margate and Ramsgate RNLI publish tide times on their Facebook page prior to each weekend and we urge people to check these, alternatively check with their local RNLI Lifeguard team.

“Mobile phones will not always work at the bottom of cliffs and there is a very real element of danger if unable to attract attention.”