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Ramsgate RNLI launches twice in a day - to the same yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched twice yesterday, (Thursday 30 July) to the same boat.

The stricken yacht being pulled by the inshore lifeboat 'Claire and David Delves'.

Mark Stanford

The stricken yacht being pulled by the inshore lifeboat 'Claire and David Delves'.
The initial launch was at 12.30pm when HM Coastguard requested the volunteer crew to go to the aid of a grounded yacht with five men and two women onboard that had got stuck on a falling tide in the area of the B2 Buoy which off the coast from the Sandwich Golf Course.

The sea conditions were calm with a gentle force three North East breeze however the yacht was stuck hard on the sands so after four attempts to tow the yacht off, the decision was taken to take five of the people back to Ramsgate, leaving two to stay with the yacht which by now was on its side and wait for the tide to rise.

This was done with the consent of the people onboard and after ensuring they had sufficient supplies to wait for the tide to rise.

The inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew returned at 17.15 when the tide was high and was able to attach a line and pull the yacht into deeper water on the first attempt with no damage being done to the yacht. They then escorted the yacht back into Ramsgate Harbour where the crew returned to station.

Coxswain Ian Cannon said that it was easy miscalculation to make if you were not familiar with the waters. He recommended always setting out to sea fully prepared, carrying out a thorough safety check and making sure you always carry a means of communication.

RNLI Media Contacts:

Karen Cox volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer tel 07779848431 email [email protected]

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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