Multi-agency search after female seen entering water by Margate lifeboat station

Coastguard helicopter from Lydd searches over the coastline Photo Jamie Horton

Margate RNLI, the Coastguard helicopter and rescue team and Kent Police were called out this evening  [November 29] following reports of a female in the water.

Emergency services were called at 5pm after the female was seen entering the sea by the Margate lifeguard station. A sea and shoreline search ensued. After two hours the female was found by Kent Police officers near Palm Bay and passed into the care of health professionals.

Photo Frank Leppard

A Margate RNLI spokesperson said: “Margate RNLI’s D class lifeboat, along with the coastguard rescue helicopter from Lydd Airport and Margate Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked around 5pm today (Wednesday 29 November) following reports of a female seen to enter the sea close to the lifeboat station.

“A close inshore waters search was carried out between Margate harbour and Foreness Point.

Photo John Horton

“After around two hours of searching the casualty was located ashore near Palm Bay by Kent Police and the rescue units were stood down and returned to station.”

A Kent Police spokesperson added: “Kent Police was called following concerns for a woman in the Walpole Bay area of Margate at 5pm.

“Officers attended along with HM Coastguard and the woman was located and passed into the care of healthcare professionals.”


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