Ramsgate's early morning launch to RIB
For their first call in 2017 Ramsgate RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 2.32am today to assist a RIB with engine failure.
The station's all weather Trent class lifeboat (AWB) was launched to the 7m RIB which was 25 miles north east of Ramsgate with one person on board. Once at the scene the AWB was steered alongside the RIB and the crew passed a line to the person on board who was taken aboard the AWB once the tow line was secured.
The AWB then proceeded to tow the RIB safely into Ramsgate Harbour.
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.