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Ramsgate RNLI launch to a disabled cabin cruiser.

Lifeboats News Release

On a calm sunny evening the inshore lifeboat, 'Claire and David Delves 'was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a ten meter cabin cruiser with engine failure after a Pan-Pan was made by phone.

A lifeboat along side a small cabin cruiser.

RNLI/Phil Mace

The inshore lifeboat towing the stricken vessel into port.

A Pan-pan is the international urgency call indicating that someone aboard a boat is declaring an urgent situation that is not an immediate threat to either the vessel or the people on board. Pan-pan is actually from the French word panne meaning breakdown.

The initial position was given as four and a half miles South of Ramsgate. The Inshore Lifeboat made their way to the position given by the Coastguard, but found nothing in the area. They then made their way further South, where they could see a vessel roughly one and a half miles away and found it to be the casualty with three people onboard , which they took under tow and guided them into Ramsgate Royal Harbour

The original position given by the Coastguard had been estimated by tracing the casualties mobile phone signal, as this was the means that they used to contact the Coastguard.

After securing the cabin cruiser to the pontoon the volunteer crew returned the lifeboat to the station.

With restrictions slowly being lifted and the Summer approaching we are expecting an increase in calls. The RNLI rely purely on donations from the public so after a year where we have been unable to fund raise in our normal way, we appreciate support from the public more than ever.

Karen Cox RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel. 07779848431 Email. [email protected]

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and South East. tel. 07785296252 Email. [email protected]

The lifeboat pushing the vessel against the pontoon.

RNLI/Phil Mace

The lifeboat crew manoeuvring the vessel to the pontoon.

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