Ramsgate RNLI launches to assist guard vessel with an engine room fire
At 10.56am on Thursday 10 May the Ramsgate RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a guard vessel with an engine fire.
At the time the guard vessel, which is used to protect offshore installations, was 28 miles off Ramsgate and was under escort by the Dunkirk lifeboat and another guard vessel. However the Coastguard also requested the assistance of the Ramsgate boat.
The Dunkirk Lifeboat escorted the guard vessel over the shipping separation zone and then returned to base. When Ramsgate RNLI arrived on scene, there was no sign of the fire, which had been in the exhaust lagging of the generator, as it been brought under control by the crew onboard the vessel.
As the casualty vessel was still capable of motoring the all-weather lifebaot escorted it back to Ramsgate, where it was berthed in the outer harbour and attended by the Fire Service.
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