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Ramsgate launch to assist small yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 4.46pm yesterday to assist a lone sailor whose small yacht had been washed into Stone Bay, Broadstairs by the tide.

Ramsgate ILB at sea

RNLI/Steve Burton

Ramsgate ILB Atlantic 85 'Claire and David Delves'
He was spotted by members of the public jumping ashore and pushing his 6m. yacht back out into deeper water. As he climbed back on board he fell, so a member of the public called the UK Coastguard who paged both Margate and Ramsgate ILBs, Margate mobile Coastguard and organised for an ambulance to go to Ramsgate lifeboat station. Once on scene the Margate ILB crew took the sailor aboard and took an initial tow on the yacht transferring it and the sailor to Ramsgate ILB who put one of their crew members aboard the yacht.
Ramsgate ILB then proceeded to tow the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour where the lone sailor was treated for hyperthermia by the awaiting ambulance crew.

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