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Ramsgate assist windfarm guardship

Lifeboats News Release

On 13th November at 5:35am Ramsgate RNLI's Trent class all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched to assist a 23m. Thanet Offshore Windfarm guard vessel with engine failure 9 miles east of Ramsgate.

Ramsgate's AWB and ILB assist rescued guard vessel to moor in harbour.

RNLI/Mark Stanford

Ramsgate's AWB and ILB assist rescued guard vessel to moor in harbour.
Another guard vessel was attempting to tow it without much success due to the wind and tide. On scene the volunteer RNLI AWB crew took over the tow and brought the vessel into Ramsgate Harbour.

Once in the outer harbour, at 9.03am, the AWB requested the assistance of the station's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat (ILB) to assist with mooring the casualty vessel alongside the commercial quay due to its weight and windage.

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John Ray, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07759 480825

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825

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Ramsgate AWB alongside rescued guard vessel in Ramsgate Harbour.

RNLI/Mark Stanford

Ramsgate AWB alongside rescued guard vessel in Ramsgate Harbour.

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