Coastguard and RNLI crews called out for emergency radio beacon alert in Thanet

The Coastguard helicopter from Lydd joined the search Photo Frank Leppard

The Coastguard helicopter from Lydd joined Margate Coastguard Rescue Team and RNLI lifeboats from Ramsgate today (May 2) after an emergency alert was received, first thought to be in the Broadstairs area.

The Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert came in at 4.50pm. A search was undertaken over Thanet, and particularly Margate, but the alert was found to be coming from inland with no assistance needed.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard received an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert in the Broadstairs area just after 4:50pm (2 May).

“Margate Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI lifeboats from Ramsgate and the coastguard helicopter from Lydd were all sent to search the area. The EPIRB signal was found to be transmitting from inland and no one required assistance.”

A member of Margate Coastguard added: ” A personal locator beacon had been activated and using the technology on the aircraft we were trying to locate it. No one was in danger thankfully.”


  1. A EPIRB uses GPS (earth-orbiting satellites) and is able to pin-point any position within a square meter. Have they built a new tower block in Broadstairs overnight?
    maybe on the foreland estate?

  2. Could be Russia! Broadstairs is a well known hotbed of Russian spies, I know I lived there for 7 years, but got out due to all the foreign students, most of them Russian I think!

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