Multi-agency search operation sparked by ‘fully dressed’ person entering sea after ‘weapon’ report at Pegwell Bay

Ramsgate RNLI

Coastguard units and helicopter, Ramsgate RNLI and police were involved in a search operation at Pegwell Bay last night (February 18).

Ramsgate RNLI launched at 8.47pm at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a person entering the sea fully dressed in Pegwell Bay. Police had earlier received reports of a man with a suspected weapon.

The  crew searched the area around Pegwell Bay and up the River Stour.

A second report then came in that the person may have been seen walking inland from Pegwell Bay. The area was then fully searched with mobile Coastguard units, police and Coastguard helicopter.

A Ramsgate RNLI post says: “Once all assets were happy that no one fitting the description was spotted, either in the water or shoreside, the Coastguard closed the incident down. ILB then returned to station.”

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Officers were in the area of Pegwell Bay following reports of a man with a possible weapon.  Following a search of the area a man was located, no weapon was found and no offences were disclosed.”