Ramsgate RNLI rescues woman cut off by the tide.

Lifeboats News Release

On a warm afternoon on Thursday 20 June, the Ramsgate inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to a woman who had climbed up the cliffs to escape the incoming tide.

A crew member sitting at the helm of the inshore lifeboat.

RNLI/Karen Cox

A damp member of crew Paul Ionescu sitting at helm of the ILB.

The call to launch the inshore lifeboat and rescue the woman, who was walking along the beach on her own from Ramsgate to Margate, came though at 1.50pm.

The woman, a local resident, had picked a warm sunny afternoon to stroll along the beach to the neighbouring town. However by the time she had left Ramsgate and reached Stone Bay in Broadstairs she was caught out by a rising tide and in order to avoid the water decided to climb about ten foot up the cliff face. Thankfully she had a mobile phone with her, as she was out of sight from the land, in order to raise the alarm.

The three volunteer crew managed to steer the ILB close to the cliffs where two of the crew entered the water. The initial reason for entering the water was to check that it was safe to bring the inshore lifeboat close to the foot of the cliffs and ensure there were no sharp rocks that could damage the hull and the second reason was to hold the rib still whilst the woman jumped from the cliff and into the boat.

The crew then dropped her safely off at Broadstairs main beach, shaken but unharmed and then returned the ILB to Ramsgate RNLI station, to be placed back on service.

'We are lucky to live in an area with a beautiful coastline, however when heading off, especially on your own, please ensure you check the tide tables out in advance to make sure you are not cut off by a rising tide,' said Ramsgate Coxswain, Ian Cannon. 'This just shows how important it is to have a mobile phone with you in case of emergency, so we would always advise people going to the coast to take a fully charged mobile phone with them to call for assistance'.

Media Contacts:

Karen Cox Ramsgate Lifeboat Press Officer email [email protected] tel 07779 848431.

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and South East. Email [email protected] tel 07785 296252.

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