Two early launches for Ramsgate's lifeboats.
Both of Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboats were launched to two separate calls during the earlier hours of Friday 2 December.
At 6.49am the inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat launched to a person in the water on the seaward side of Ramsgate Harbour's West Pier. Once on scene the crew found the person holding onto a lifebuoy that had been thrown to him by one of the harbour security staff and quickly got him aboard the lifeboat. They quickly returned to the lifeboat station where he was handed over to the attending ambulance crew.
This later launch was the 100th. launch by Ramsgate's RNLI lifeboats so far this year!
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.