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Two early launches for Ramsgate's lifeboats.

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboats were launched to two separate calls during the earlier hours of Friday 2 December.

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Teenagers in inflatable
At 12.58am the all weather Trent class lifeboat was launched to the assistance of a 10m fishing vessel with engine trouble off Broadstairs. On scene the crew passed a line and towed the vessel safely into Ramsgate Harbour.

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!


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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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