RAMSGATE RNLI launched to an angling boat in distress.
On the afternoon of Tuesday 25 June the all-weather boat 'Esme Anderson' launched to a local angling boat fishing four miles off North Foreland.
The crew of the angling boat which had two onboard had reported that they had a fouled propeller, meaning that they had no propulsion and were unable to manoeuvre.
When the lifeboat reached the scene it was discovered that it was the anchor rope that was fouling the propeller, with the anchor firmly held on the sea bed. Thankfully the sea was flat calm with little swell which enabled the volunteer crew of the all-weather boat to grab the anchor rope with a grapnel and, using their capstan, they managed to retrieve the anchor. The end of the anchor rope was detached from the anchor chain by the crew and passed back to the angling boat whilst the lifeboat retained the anchor and chain.
After passing a line to the casualty boat, the Esme Anderson towed the casualty back to Ramsgate Harbour where it was taken straight into the travel hoist, which is a crane designed to lift boats out of the water and move them around a harbour, where the remainder of the anchor rope could be removed.
The lifeboat then returned to station and was placed back on call.
The images below taken after the event by the Ramsgate RNLI Mechanic Phil Mace shows how tightly the rope was wound around the shaft. Sadly it proved to be an expensive day out for the angling boat!
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