Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launches to assist racing yacht.
On Tuesday morning (15 May) at 9.46am the all-weather lifeboat 'Esme Anderson' was launched to assist a racing yacht - the Skullduggery.
The crew of the yacht had been competing in the North Sea Regatta last weekend, racing from Harwich to Scheveningen in Holland on May 11 and due to fog had been delayed in leaving and were bound for home at Burnham in Crouch in Essex.
Due to building winds, with high waves and having taken on some water leaving them with just a hand held radio, handheld GPS and paper charts they called up HM Coastguard and asked for assistance. The tides were against them and they had been blown off course and the water on board made steerage difficult.
The skipper of yacht ,Don Rawing and his six crew were so grateful to the volunteer RNLI crew they wanted to personally express their thanks and they brought presents round to the boathouse and wanted to tell their story, and were even willing to pose for a picture.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.
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Karen Cox, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07779 848431 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.