Published On: Sat, Feb 15th, 2020

Storm Dennis rescue: Royal Navy ship assists RNLI search after man goes overboard off Kent | UK | News

The man went overboard at around 5.40am on Saturday near Margate. A Royal Navy ship, a coastguard helicopter and two RNLI lifeboats are scouring the waters up to eight miles from Margate Harbour. The tanker had been anchored in the harbour overnight before heading out this morning.

Weather conditions in the region are expected to be harsher this weekend as Storm Dennis rolls in. 

Sixty-gun frigate HMS Winchester is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking data.

The urgent search operation comes as communities across the UK brace for the arrival of Storm Dennis on Sunday – just one week after Storm Ciara battered the nation.

A distress call was received by the coastguard at 5.41am this morning and an extensive search of the area commenced.

A coastguard spokesman said: “RNLI lifeboats from Ramsgate and Margate have been sent, along with the search and rescue helicopter from Lydd.

“A police RHIB is also on scene. HM Coastguard broadcast a relay to vessels in the area, and a Royal Navy vessel is assisting.”

Margate coastguard has also carried out a search of the shoreline.

The distress call is believed to have come from B Gas Margrethe, a 99-metre Maltese tanker that had been anchored off the coast of Margate.

More to follow…  

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