Margate’s two RNLI lifeboats have been in action today (Saturday 6 April) after a fishing vessel was stranded following engine failure.
The alert was raised around 2pm when a small fishing vessel with two people on board contacted UK Coastguard requesting assistance. The vessel had engine failure while travelling from Ramsgate to the Medway and was swashed ashore close to Walpole Bay.
Due to the size of the vessel and possibly requiring assistance in refloating, Margate’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were both launched to assist. Margate Coastguard Coast Rescue Team was also tasked to the scene.
Once the lifeboats arrived it was established that the casualty vessel was well aground on a falling tide. The occupants had made their way ashore and were checked out by the coastguard team who found them all to be safe and well.
As the fishing vessel would soon be high and dry and no further assistance could be provided both lifeboats were recalled and returned to station.
Ian Lowe, Deputy Launching Authority, Margate RNLI said: “This is a timely reminder of the importance of wearing a lifejacket when going afloat, having a marine VHF radio to contact the coastguard and also ensuring the craft is up to scratch mechanically.”