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Ramsgate RNLI Open Day ends with a launch.

Lifeboats News Release

An RNLI Open Day is a great example of the volunteers all working together to showcase the station and crew.

an all weather and inshore lifeboat mooring up on a pontoon.

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

Esme Anderson and inshore lifeboat Claire and David Delves

Saturday 22 July started off warm and sunny and crowds had begun to gather in anticipation of seeing the All weather boat Esme Anderson and the inshore Claire and David Delves as they entered the inner harbour to take their position alongside the pontoons. As they were tying up the unpredictable summer weather started to change and the skies darkened and it began to rain.

Mayoress Pat Moore braved the weather to meet the members of the various groups who had set up stalls which included the Fund Raising team, the Face to Face team, the Ramsgate RNLI shop, the Education team, the Water Safety team, as well as representatives of the Station Management team, the majority of whom are volunteers.

She was then taken onboard Esme Anderson to meet the volunteer crew and have a tour of the boat.

With the rain settling in for the afternoon and the wind picking up only the most hardy visitors were visiting the stalls so sadly the decision was taken to curtail the event and both boats returned to station.

The inshore crew had just removed their wet weather gear when they were tasked by HM Coastguard at 15.40 to launch to the assistance of a kite surfer in difficulty in Pegwell Bay. On scene the Claire and David Delves managed to get the kite surfer onboard as well as his kit and brought him back to the Station. As the Station was still full of crew and volunteers there was plenty of people to sympathise, make him a cup of reviving tea and ensure he was warm.

Coxswain Ian Cannon, ‘ This was a great opportunity to engage with the public and thank them for all of their support by giving them a tour of the boats as we are solely funded by public donations. It was so sad that the inclement weather meant we had to curtail the Open Day. ’

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

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

Lady mayor and crew onboard a lifeboat

RNLI/Karen Cox

Mayoress Pat Moore and volunteer crew Paul Ionascu

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