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Ramsgate RNLI attend rescheduled Water Gala at Broadstairs

Lifeboats Statement

Both the all weather lifeboat Esme Anderson and the Atlantic inshore Claire and David Delves with their volunteer crew attended the Water Gala in the neighbouring town of Broadstairs.

A Trent and Atlantic lifeboat at sea.

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Both lifeboats arriving into Broadstairs Harbour.
Broadstairs annual Water Gala, originally called Water Sports day, started in 1888 before becoming the Water Gala in 1930. Traditionally always held on a Wednesday it’s a great draw for locals and visitors alike. The original date was 2 August but it was rescheduled to 23 August due to a storm passing through making the water unsafe.

Ramsgate RNLI have been attending since the 1970’s, weather and operational duties permitting, and it’s a popular day in the crews calendar. With both boats moored up at the end of the harbour and a flight of steps leading down for easy access and plenty of willing crew hands to help, it’s a perfect opportunity for members of the public to visit the all weather boat.
No charge is made to visit the boat but most people made donations with over three hundred and fifty people going onboard. Some stayed for a short while, whilst others engaged the crew in conversation, fascinated by what they do and the design of the boats.
The team that stood at the top of the stairs, controlling the amount of people onboard, were overwhelmed with the words of support, and praise from the visitors.

However it wasn’t just the boats that had a presence at the event. Volunteers from the Broadstairs Lifeboat kiosk manned a stall on the promenade and members of the volunteer Water Safety Team were also in attendance handing out flags and stickers to the children and giving water safety advice.
After a stay of three hours both boats returned to station waving to the crowds as they left.
The crew had just enough time to eat when they were paged to an eleven metre yacht with electrical failure just off Ramsgate, concerned about getting into the Harbour. The all weather boat Esme Anderson attended and passed the stricken yacht a line before towing it into the safety of the harbour.

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

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

Both lifeboats moored up against the pier.

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Both lifeboats moored up at the end of Broadstairs Pier

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