Search and rescue operation following small boats capsizing incident off Kent

The Coastguard helicopter Photo John Horton

A call for assistance was made to boat owners, including those in Thanet, by HM Coastguard this morning (October 9) after a small boats capsizing incident in the Channel.

An emergency broadcast was sent out at 8.50am asking vessels in the area to help with a capsizing that had resulted in ‘multiple casualties in the water.’

One Thanet skipper, who was travelling from Ramsgate to Broadstairs, said: “At 8.50am there was an emergency broadcast by Dover coastguard about a dingy capsizing and multiple casualties in the water, They were looking for assistance from any ships in the area.”

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard has been coordinating a search and rescue response to an incident involving small boats off Kent, working with Border Force and other partners.

“Dover RNLI lifeboat was tasked along with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and the coastguard helicopter from Lydd, further assistance was provided by nearby vessels and Border Force.

“HM Coastguard will continue to work with search and rescue partners to respond to those in distress around the seas and coastal areas of the UK.”