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Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI's all weather lifeboat was launched twice yesterday

AWB towing casualty yacht into Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Ramsgate AWB towing casualty yacht into Ramsgate Harbour on 29 May
At 10.03am the volunteer crew launched to the assistance of a 15m. yacht with engine failure and insufficient wind to sail 16 miles off Ramsgate, near the South Falls. Once on scene the lifeboat crew passed a line and towed the yacht safely into Ramsgate Harbour.

At 3.10pm the RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched again to assist a 6m. cabin boat with engine failure off Joss Bay, Broadstairs with 4 people on board. On scene the crew found the casualty at anchor and after passing a line started to tow the casualty slowly, in order that they could recover their anchor. After several attempts at recovering the anchor, which was held fast on the sea bed, the anchor line was cut freeing the vessel which the lifeboat then towed safely into the Ramsgate's inner harbour.

RNLI media contacts
  • John Ray, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07759 480825 john.g.ray@talk21.com
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Rescued cabin cruiser in Ramsgate inner harbour

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Rescued cabin cruiser in Ramsgate inner harbour

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