Thoughtless beachgoers block RNLI lifeboat station with bikes ‘lives could depend on it!’

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The Margate RNLI team shared a horrifying image which appears to show around 10 motorbikes parked and blocking their launch route. Sharing the image on Facebook, the crew are attempting to remind people that this could be the difference between life and death for someone.

The post said: “It is good to see the town enjoying a busy weekend in this fine weather but can we make a plea to locals and visitors alike.

“We are an emergency service and operational as normal and require free passage both for the lifeboat crew to get to the boathouse in an emergency and more importantly to allow the lifeboat to be able to launch – lives could depend on this.

“The route is clearly marked and we ask please that visitors use the designated car parks in the town – have fun everyone but help us do our job!”

People have been responding to the statement online, agreeing that every effort needs to be made to make lifeboats as easy to dispatch as possible.

One said: “Can’t people see that the lifeboats are an emergency services at the sea side.”

A second added: “Surely give every single one of them a ticket, that’s absurd!”

Another said: “Wow that is unacceptable, they should know not to park there as you may be needed in a emergency, you are just as important as the police, fire & ambulance crews.”

The warning comes as thousands flock to Britain’s coasts to enjoy the hot weather over the bank holiday.

Hundreds of bikers recently gathered in Margate for an “unofficial Margate Meltdown”, making the warning all the more urgent.

The event typically sees bikers meet at Ace Café in London before riding to Margate, where they enjoy live entertainment, stalls and drinks.

Despite the cancellation of this year’s event, a Facebook page for an unofficial one has attracted interest from over 500 people and is due to take place between 10am and 5pm today.

The social media post is not the first time that lifeboat crews have had to make a plea about parking.

In April, RNLI Whitstable asked for people to stop parking in emergency spaces as doing so could “cost a life”.

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