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Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launches to assist racing yacht.

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday morning (15 May) at 9.46am the all-weather lifeboat 'Esme Anderson' was launched to assist a racing yacht - the Skullduggery.

The Skullduggery safely moored up in Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Karen Cox

The Skullduggery safely moored up in Ramsgate Harbour

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.


RNLI media contacts

Karen Cox, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07779 848431

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media 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

The crew of the yacht with gifts for the crew to enjoy, once they are off duty

RNLI/Karen Cox

The crew of the yacht with gifts for the crew to enjoy, once they are off duty

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 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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