Third break-in at Ramsgate’s RNLI lifeguard unit

Thieves targeted the RNLI lifeguard unit Photo RNLI/Lucy-Jane Macgowan

The garage of the RNLI beach lifeguard unit in Ramsgate was broken into with a crowbar last night (June 26) – the third break-in this season.

A helmet was stolen from the site.

The incident was reported by a concessionaire, who noticed that the shutter doors were left open, exposing the garage contents. Some garage padlocks were broken in the attempt, leaving the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) vulnerable.

Lucy-Jane Macgowan, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for the Kent beaches, said: “Our purpose is to save lives at sea and ensure that the public can enjoy the beach in this good weather.

“With our lifeguards going on full-time duty on July 6 in preparation for the summer holidays, it is imperative that we have all of our equipment available and functional in order to be able to act swiftly.

“The ATV allows us to get to incidents with speed. Had something happened to it, it is likely that we would have had to close down the beach. With a hot, sunny weekend forecast, we cannot afford for our equipment to be missing or out of action. If you know who’s responsible or saw anything, please call Kent Police on 101 and let them know.’”