The Kent Coastguard celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of their organization.
It was on January 15, 1822 that HM Coastguard was officially established and it has been working to keep people along the coast safe ever since.
From its beginnings as coastal lookouts trying to spot smugglers to today’s nationwide network of state-of-the-art control centers, it remains dedicated to search, rescue and saving lives.
To celebrate the anniversary, Coast Guards across the country launched “throw lines” at 11 a.m. as a symbol of the service’s past and present.
Ropes are still part of every rescue kit used by coast guard teams.
Claire Hughes, Director of HM Coastguard, said: “When you look at how we started and where we are now, it’s easy to celebrate the innovation and development that can be seen throughout the service.
“And yet we are far prouder of the people, volunteers and staff who, throughout two centuries, have continued to strive to keep people safe on the coast and at sea.
“We have always responded and will always respond to people in distress.
“While this milestone is an opportunity for us to look back with pride at what we have achieved, we have always looked to the future and I am proud that we continue to look for ways to improve and save lives. .”
She added, “I’m proud of the commitment, dedication and selfless sacrifice and I’m proud of how the service has grown and continues to grow.”
In the 1890s, the Victorian Coastguard had only one rope to help them climb the cliffs to rescue people cut off by the tide.
Fast forward 130 years and the modern coastguard is equipped with everything it needs to carry out safe and effective cliff recovery anywhere in the UK. And they still carry the rope.
Sheppey Coastguard made 159 calls last year, mostly around the island and The Swale, but they also assisted colleagues in Medway, Herne Bay, Folkestone, Dover and Camber Sands.
* If you see an emergency at sea or along the coast, dial 999 and ask for Coastguard