Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Illuminating flares help rescuers spot man in water


A man has been rescued from the water in Margate, UK, late one night in May after being located by illuminating flares.

Kent Police asked UK Coastguard for assistance after receiving reports that an adult male had entered the sea close to the Nayland Rock.

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter from Lydd Airport and local coastguard rescue team joined the police in searching the area.

Initially nothing was found and the search was extended to Infirmary Bay. with Margate’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, police and staff from South East Coast Ambulance Service searching the shore.

The RNLI provided additional torches and illuminating parachute flares and worked with paramedics to prepare equipment to treat the casualty.

Police spotted the man in the water and the lifeboat found an adult male, who was cold and distressed and up to his chest in water.

The casualty was coaxed into the lifeboat and was taken ashore and handed into the care of paramedics.

Nick Smith, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat says, “Time was of the essence here and it was thanks to the determination and perseverance of all involved that this person was rescued. We urgently plead with people to dial 999 and ask for coastguard if they see anything untoward at sea or on the shoreline.”

The photo is credit of RNLI/Margate.

May 23, 2017