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Walmer Inshore RNLI Lifeboat pluck two people from the sea after dinghy capsizes

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Walmer's RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was called out shortly before 2pm on Sunday 8th May to reports of people in trouble in the water half a mile off Kingsdown.

A 999 call was made to Dover Coastguard from a member of the public saying a small sailing dinghy had capsized and two people appeared in trouble directly out to sea off Kingsdown.

The station’s D class inshore lifeboat was immediately tasked by HM Coastguard to assist. Within 8 minutes of the initial 999 call the lifeboat was on scene and plucked the two people out of the sea. The female of the two was very cold and was wrapped in a thermal blanket by the crew. They were both landed on the beach at Kingsdown very close to where they lived and the dinghy was taken under tow to Walmer Lifeboat station.

Denis Brophy, Walmer Lifeboat Operations Manager said that “These people are indebted to Mr Timothy Waite, a local resident, who raised the alarm, after quickly realising the danger they were in he did not hesitate dialling 999 and asking for The Coastguard. The water temperature is still relatively cold and when people are in the water time is of an essence. In this case a tragedy appears to have prevented by the quick actions of Mr Waite and the very fast response of the lifeboat”.

Article by Andy Roberts, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer.

Photographs by Andy Worwood.


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