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Ramsgate RNLI launches both boats in race against the tide.

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday 4 December, Ramsgate Lifeboat volunteer crew launched both boats to the assistance of a small motor yacht.

Both ;ifeboats at sea with a motor launch near the coastline.

RNLI/Steve Burton

Both lifeboats approaching the casualty.

At 14.45 the call came through from HM Coastguard for the relief all-weather boat Henry Heys Duckworth to launch to a Pan-Pan from a motor yacht travelling from Chatham to Ramsgate. At the time of launch the boat had suffered engine failure whilst crossing Louisa Bay in Broadstairs. The reason for the Pan-Pan rather than a Mayday was that there was no danger to life at the time.

The boat launched in good visibility and with a moderate sea state, however on arrival at the scene it was found that the motor yacht had been swept closer to shore with the incoming waves breaking over its bow and it was in danger of sinking.

The inshore lifeboat, Claire and David Delves, was launched as that was able to get into shallower water, and under difficult circumstances managed to safely take both casualties off the motorboat and transfer them to the all-weather, where they were taken into the wheelhouse to warm up.

Unable to do anything for the motor yacht which had been swept inshore and now lay aground, and could not be towed, both boats returned to station.

Coxswain Ian Cannon said, ‘Although this took place in shallow water and close to the shore, it was a very difficult situation that the two casualties found themselves in. We are glad that we were able to get to them in time.’

Karen Cox 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 inshore lifeboat next to the motor launch with waves braking over it.

RNLI/Steve Burton

Transferring the casualties onto the inshore lifeboat.
Both boats together transferring the casualties.

RNLI/Steve Burton

The inshore aside the all weather boat

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