Ramsgate RNLI in eight hour operation to rescue disabled yacht

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday morning (October 23) at 6.40am the Ramsgate all-weather lifeboat ‘Esme Anderson’ was launched to a twenty six metre yacht twenty nine miles north east of Ramsgate.

The yacht as seen from the Ramsgate all-weather lifeboat 'Esme Anderson'.

Sarah Hewes

The yacht as seen from the Ramsgate all-weather lifeboat 'Esme Anderson'.

When the lifeboat arrived on the scene they found that the crew of four on board were in difficulty due to a hydraulic failure which meant that they were unable to lower the sails.

With strong winds of force five to six and two metre swells the yacht was at the mercy of the wind. To make matters worse the hydraulics also controlled the 4.5 metre keel meaning they were unable to take shelter in a harbour due to the draught of the yacht.

The crew of the lifeboat escorted the yacht into the comparative protection from the wind off the coast of Ramsgate where they were able to put a crew member on board.

The deputy RNLI mechanic was able to manually lift the keel so that they were able to head into the harbour but they were unable to drop the sails. However with assistance from the lifeboat they were able to moor the boat up against the pontoon where they could safely await an engineer.

The whole operation took over eight hours which meant that the mainly volunteer crew missed most of their working day. The RNLI truly appreciates the dedication of our volunteer crews and their understanding employees, without whom we could not continue to save lives at sea.

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RNLI Media Contacts

Karen Cox Ramsgate volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer coxinthebox63@gmail.com 07779 848431.
Paul Dunt Regional Media Officer London and South East, paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk 07785 296252.

The yacht and Ramsgate lifeboat approaching the harbour.

Sarah Hewes

The yacht and Ramsgate lifeboat approaching the harbour.
The yacht pictured safely moored up in the harbour, still with a sail up.

Sarah Hewes

The yacht safely moored up in the harbour, still with a sail up.

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