Margate RNLI investigating report of drifting kayak

Margate Inshore Lifeboat RNLI investigated a report of a kayak drifting east of Margate.

The UK Coastguard received a call from a yacht anchored off Margate at around 6pm today (Sunday June 26) reporting a sighting of a kayak with two occupants on board in difficulty east of Margate .

Margate RNLI Class D Inshore Rescue Craft was tasked to investigate, Margate Coastguard Rescue Team also proceeded to establish visual contact from high ground ashore. After searching downwind and downwind, the lifeboat located an as-described kayak with two occupants off Foreness Bay east of Margate; the kayak made the passage between Margate and Joss Bay and did not need assistance.

The lifeboat continued its search towards Margate and after checking with the first informing vessel, it was deemed that the kayak located by the lifeboat was in fact the boat in question and the search was called off, the lifeboat rescue returning to station.

Derek Amas, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Margate RNLI said: ‘We thank the occupants of the yacht for calling this, if in doubt contacting the Coastguard is the right thing to do. We would rather investigate a false alarm than assume it is such, only to cause problems later. »

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