Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 5.48pm on 22 January, at the request of the UK Coastguard to a small cabin cruiser lost in dense fog.
The Atlantic 85 ILB crew carefully made their way to the 7.6m casualty with several people on board some 2.2 miles off Ramsgate, making full use of the ILB's on board radar and direction finder (a piece of equipment that can give an accurate direction of a VHF signal). Once the casualty was located the ILB safely led the way back to Ramsgate Harbour.
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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 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.