Yacht and Container Ship collide off Ramsgate
At 7.58am on Sunday 13 November Ramsgate's all weather lifeboat was launched to assist a small yacht which had been dismasted after a collision with a container ship 24 miles east of Ramsgate.
Once on scene the lifeboat crew confirmed that the yacht was not taking on any water and it was decided to tow the stricken vessel to the safety of Ramsgate Harbour. A line and a hand held VHF radio were passed to the yacht's crew member/owner, who wished to remain aboard.
The yacht was then towed safely onto a berth in Ramsgate Harbour where it arrived shortly before 2pm.
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