Ramsgate RNLI launched to retrieve a dog and owner from stricken catamaran
On Saturday 27 October Ramsgate’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Esme Anderson’ was called to help Walmer RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat which had been launched to assist a forty five foot catamaran.
The catamaran had called up with engine failure two miles off Deal pier and had one man on board with his dog.
When the crew arrived on the scene they found that due to the weather and strong sea conditions Walmer RNLI was unable to tow the yacht into Ramsgate Harbour.
A spokesman for the RNLI said: 'The owner had taken the precaution of wearing a life jacket himself and his dog was also wearing one. Preparation for any sea journey is so important as weather conditions can deteriorate quickly out on the water'.
The crew from the Esme Anderson was able to attach a line and then towed the casualty back into Ramsgate Harbour.
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