Ramsgate RNLI launch to the aid of a person who had fallen from a boat.
An early start for the volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI when both boats were launched at the request of HM Coastguard to reports of a women falling overboard from a boat. The call came through at 06.18 on 9 September after a Mayday had been received from a small cabin cruiser which was at anchor one
The call came through at 06.18 on 9 September after a Mayday had been received from a small cabin cruiser which was at anchor one and a half miles from the shore off Broadstairs.
Both the Windsor Runner ( Civil Service no.42) , which is our current relief all weather boat, and Claire and David Delves Inshore Lifeboat were launched to search.
Whilst still on their way to the search area a report came in that the missing person had managed to swim the one and a half miles to the shore, get ashore, wake up a friend and talk to the Coastguard, informing them that she was safe.
In the meantime the Inshore boat had reached the yacht and put a crew member aboard to speak to the remaining person on the boat when the message came through that she was safely ashore, much to the relief of her partner.
The all weather was stood down and the decision was made for the Inshore to escort the boat back to Ramsgate Harbour as the remaining person onboard was in need of support and had requested assistance by VHF radio.
Thankfully the weather was kind with calm seas, otherwise the outcome could have been very different.
Our volunteer crew are ready to launch at all hours of the day and night and the RNLI rely entirely on voluntary donations.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.