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Busy Bank Holiday Monday at Ramsgate

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
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825
  • 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

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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