Two people have died in heavy seas off the Kent coast in two separate incidents which happened just a few miles apart.
At around 12.15 pm today (Saturday 15th Feb) Kent Police received a call to reports of a man being pulled from the sea at Herne Bay, near Margate.
Response team officers arrived on the scene along with their ambulance colleagues, but the man was declared dead at the scene. The man had been missing since yesterday evening, and his family have been made aware.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
In a separate incident, a body was recovered from the sea just off the coast of Margate after a tanker had made a distress call when a member of crew fell overboard.
A spokesperson for the coastguard said:
“At around 1 pm, after many hours of searching, a body was sadly found in the water by the RNLI Margate Lifeboat and has been brought to shore”.
Winds from storm Dennis has pounded much of the country just over a week after storm Ciara caused significant damage to buildings.
The distress call made by the tanker, believed to be a Maltese flagged vessel, was received by the coastguard at around 5.41 am this morning.
During heavy seas, it is common practice that a member of the crew makes visual checks on lines which are deployed when a vessel is at anchor.
One of the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigates, HMS Westminster, also took part in the search along with assets from the Coastguard and RNLI.
In the latest update made by the Met Office, a spokesperson said:
“It remains very windy across the UK as we head into Sunday and Monday with severe gales and 50 to 60, locally 70 mph gusts.
“However, the focus for the windiest conditions will transfer from England and Wales on Sunday morning, towards northern areas thereafter”.
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