Ramsgate RNLI makes a splash at Broadstairs Water Gala

Lifeboats News Release

On the morning of 31 July the crew of Ramsgate station attended the annual Water Gala at the neighbouring town Broadstairs.

Arrival of the all weather boat at Broadstairs Viking Bay.

RNLI/Karen Cox

Arrival of the all-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson at Broadstairs Viking Bay.

Since the 1970s the volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI station have been attending the annual event. This year was no different and even though it was too rough to take the public onto the All-weather boat Esme Anderson, the arrival of the lifeboats still drew the crowds in.

Usually the inshore lifeboat would moor alongside the all-weather one, but with a heavy sea it was deemed too dangerous so they moored up against a fishing boat closer to shore which meant that the inshore crew had to swim ashore much to the amusement of the public.

With one of the life jackets inflating it was a good opportunity to explain to the watching crowd how they operated and spread the message to fight your instincts and float if you found yourself in the water.

The crew came ashore and answered questions from parents and children alike, with one mother commenting how it was: 'lovely to see that there were still good people around willing to give up their time to help others'. The crew were then treated to lunch by the local Sailing Club as a sign of their appreciation.

Coxswain Ian Cannon said: 'We are so pleased to be invited each year to attend this event as it helps us spread a vital message. The seaside is a great place to take the family, but you must always respect the water as annually one hundred and fifty people die by accident in UK waters. So know what do, visit our website RespectTheWater.com and always swim on lifeguarded beaches'.

Media Contacts:

Karen Cox, Ramsgate volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (07779) 848431 [email protected]

Paul Dunt: Regional Media Officer (London/South East) Email [email protected] Tel. M. 07785296252 L. 01202336789

image of a crew member with an infated lifejacket.

RNLI/Karen Cox

Inflated lifejacket on one of the crew having swum ashore.
image of the all-weather lifeboat moored up

RNLI/Karen Cox

View from the local sailing club

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