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Ramsgate crew leave Christmas Eve event to rescue yacht

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.34pm on Christmas Eve the UK coastguard requested the assistance of Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) to a small yacht in difficulty with no engine on Ramsgate's main beach

Rescued yacht under tow into Ramsgate Harbour 24 Dec 2017

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Rescued yacht under tow into Ramsgate Harbour 24 Dec 2017

The crew, who were just gathering to begin enjoying a Christmas Eve social afternoon at the harbour-side Mariners Bar left their families and a superb buffet, to come to the aid of the lone yachtsman.

After leaving the harbour the ILB crew found the casualty was clear of the beach but not making way to the harbour. The ILB came alongside and offered to tow the yacht into the harbour, but the lone crewman on board the casualty declined. Two of the four ILB crew transferred to the casualty to explain the need for a tow, with the ILB remaining on scene. After approximately some 45 minutes and after drifting even further from Ramsgate, the casualty eventually accepted the ILB tow and was finally towed safely into harbour and placed on a berth.

After berthing the yacht and returning the ILB to the boathouse the RNLI crew and shore helpers rejoined their families!

RNLI media contacts

John Ray, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07759 480825

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Rescued yacht assisted to berth

RNLI/Phil Mace

Rescued yacht assisted to berth

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