Ramsgate tow in yacht - with initial assistance from Humber.

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI's all weather lifeboat was launched at 4.00pm on Monday last at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist a yacht which had lost engine power and was drifting towards the Thanet Offshore Windfarm.

AWB towing casualty yacht into Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Steve Burton

Rescued yacht under tow by Ramsgate approaching harbour
First on the scene, however, was Humber RNLI's Severn class lifeboat 17-05 Pride of the Humber which was on passage from Grimsby to Dover and took the 17m. yacht, with four people on board, in tow.

Ramsgate RNLI's Trent class lifeboat 14-02 Esme Anderson arrived on scene at 4.40pm and the tow was transferred enabling the Humber boat to continue its passage. Ramsgate lifeboat towed the yacht safely onto a berth in Ramsgate Harbour

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Ramsgate ALB and rescued yacht entering harbour

RNLI/Steve Burton

Ramsgate ALB alongside rescued yacht at harbour entrance

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