Dungeness lifeboat tasked to kite floating in sea
Early afternoon on Sunday 7 October, HM Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to a kite seen in the sea by a passing ship, one mile southeast of the lifeboat station.
Deputy volunteer second coxswain Steve Cardew in command of the RNLI Shannon class AWL (all weather lifeboat) lifeboat 13-02 ‘The Morrell’ and her volunteer crew launched on service and proceeded to the position given of the kite but no casualty was seen accompanying it. The kite was retrieved onto the lifeboat to avoid a shipping hazard and a search pattern was implemented for the missing surfer. Meanwhile the owner of the kite had made his way safely to the shore and had seen the lifeboat being launched so ran along the beach to the boathouse to alert station personnel that he was safe.
Deputy second coxswain Cardew said ‘ This was a good outcome today but please always remember to contact the Coastguard on 999 if you get into any difficulties’
Photograph of Dungeness RNLI lifeboat launching by volunteer shore crewmember Mark Rippingale.
Photograph of the kite retrieved by the RNLI lifeboat from volunteer station LPO Judith Richardson
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