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A 48 year old local man's died after going out to sea in a dinghy this weekend
It happened on Friday evening (9 July 2010).
The 48 year old jumped into the sea after going into the sea in an inflatable pleasure dinghy with a friend to do some fishing.
His 26 year old friend became concerned with he appeared to get into difficulties in the water. Despite a strong tide and wind he managed to get him into the dinghy and called emergency services from his mobile.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat attended and took the man to shore where they tried to resuscitate him before he was taken to QEQM Hospital where he died at 10pm on Saturday.
Acting Inspector Guy Burrows of Kent Police said: “We have looked at what happened and spoken to the man’s friend and it seems that this was a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died.
”It is a very sad reminder in this hot weather to be very aware of tides, currents and the wind strength before venturing into open water.”
The death has been reported to the Coroner and a post mortem examination will be held.