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Four all weather lifeboats at Ramsgate

Lifeboats News Release

Other than on special occasions it is unusual to see four all weather lifeboats in one location anywhere outside of the RNLI's Poole HQ but visitors to Ramsgate's Royal Harbour on Sunday were able to see four.

two Mersey, two Trents at Ramsgate

RNLI/Steve Burton

Four AWBs at Ramsgate
Pictured from left to right moored alongside Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboat station are nearby Margate RNLI's Mersey 12-20 Leonard Kent, just visiting, and the station's Trent 14-02 Esme Anderson. Alongside that is relief Trent 14-12 Forward Birmingham, in the relief fleet since 2008 having previously been the Exmouth station boat since 1996 and which has been covering at Ramsgate during the refit of the station boat.

On the quay behind is the relief Mersey 12-005 Lady of Hilbre which has been in the relief fleet since 2014, having previously been the Hoylake station boat since 1990, and spending time at Ramsgate until called into service as a station relief.

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