Margate RNLI called to teen who ‘escaped’ into the sea during police chase

Margate RNLI inshore lifeboat 'Tigger Three'.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboatwas called out last night (June 30) to assist police after an 18-year-old man fld into the water at Margate harbour while being chased by officers.

Margate RNLI was paged by UK Coastguard around 9pm requesting the assistance of the inshore lifeboat following a report of the person in the water at the harbour. Further information stated the person concerned was being pursued by police officers and had entered the water at the seaward end of the harbour arm.

The inshore lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and approached the person from seawards, but he declined assistance. The lifeboat stood by until he managed to swim ashore and was met by waiting police officers.

Police confirmed a teenager was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. A spokesman said: “At 9.40pm on Sunday June 30, officers attended the Harbour Arm at Margate where a man had entered the sea.

“The 18-year-old local man was assisted from the water and arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He remains in custody while enquiries continue.”

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