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Flares can save your life, says RNLI

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Flares can save your life, says the RNLI, following a rescue in Margate, UK.

The inshore lifeboat and RNLI lifeguards rescued three people in a small dinghy after it started taking in water off Westgate-on-Sea.

UK Coastguard received a 999-call one September afternoon from the occupants saying they were taking in water and being blown out to sea. The craft had no engine, no oars and no anchor and there was no means of attracting attention other than a mobile phone.

The inshore lifeboat, Tigger Three, and the RNLI lifeguard rescue water craft from Margate Main Sands were asked to help.

The three male occupants were taken on board the lifeboat and provided with protection from the cold. They were unharmed. Their craft was towed to the beach at Epple Bay.

Peter Barker, deputy launching authority, says, “An outboard engine, oars, anchor and means of attracting attention are essential equipment suitable for a small dinghy going to sea. Suitable protective clothing and lifejackets should also be worn.

“The occupants would soon have been out of the range of their mobile phone and they were lucky to be able to raise the alarm. A marine VHF radio and flares are also investments that could save your life.”

The main picture is of Margate Ainshore lifeboat, Tigger Three, (RNLI Margate). It is courtesy of RNLI/Peter Barker.

Sep 14, 2017