Ramsgate's three 'shouts' in a day.

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboats were launched a total of three times on Saturday last.

Ramsgate ILB at sea

RNLI/Steve Burton

Ramsgate ILB, Atlantic 85 'Claire and David Delves at sea
The first call was at 10.03am when the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched at the request of the UK Coastguard to a 8.5m. yacht aground in the River Stour entrance off Ramsgate's Pegwell Bay. Once on scene the crew aboard the ILB were unable to get close to the casualty, due to the lack of water in an ebbing tide, and after having checked with the two people on board the yacht, who were wearing lifejackets and were happy to stay aboard, returned to station to await the rising tide.

At 5.36pm the ILB launched again at the request of UK Coastguard to the yacht as the tide was rising enough for it to re-float. Once on scene one of the ILB crew went aboard the casualty to assist with lifting its anchor. The casualty was then towed into deeper water, where it intended to make its own way up river. Almost immediately the yacht's engine failed so the ILB crew safely towed it up the River Stour to a safe berth and then returned to station.

At 11.01pm the all weather RNLI lifeboat was launched, again at the request of the UK Coastguard following their receipt of a 'Pan' radio message, to a 12m. yacht with three people on board 10 miles east of Ramsgate. The yacht, which had lost engine power in light winds, was safely towed into Ramsgate Harbour with the lifeboat crew stood down at 2.30am.

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