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Call for Ramsgate RNLI interrupts Thank You event.

Lifeboats News Release

An event at Ramsgate Football Club on Friday was interrupted when the Crew’s pagers went off and they had to make a dash down to the harbour.

A lifeboat towing a sailing yacht.

RNLI/Sarah Hewes

The All weather towing a sailing vessel into Ramsgate harbour

On Friday 29 September Councillor Barbara Young, supported by Ramsgate Town Councillors held a coffee and cake event to thank the people of Ramsgate who gave their time free of charge for the benefit of the town. The event was held at Ramsgate Football Club, who had kindly donated their time and the venue to support the event.

About nine of the volunteer Ramsgate RNLI crew were at the event as well as members of the Fund Raising Team, the Water Safety Team, and some of the RNLI Station Management Committee.

The event started at eleven so the crew had time to enjoy the lovely cakes and a cup of tea before the pagers went off at 12.03 with the crew dashing out to their cars and back to the Lifeboat Station where the All Weather boat Esme Anderson was launched.

The launch was to nine meter long Belgium cruising yacht that had suffered engine failure on route from Lowestoft to Ramsgate. The yacht had broken down close to the wind farm twelve miles north of Ramsgate and initially been assisted by a wind farm crew transfer vessel that had towed it away from the wind farm.

The Esme Anderson arrived on scene and took over the tow and after one and a half hours in a calm sea brought the yacht back into the safety of Ramsgate Harbour.

Coxswain Ian Cannon said, ‘It was a lovely gesture from Ramsgate Town Councillors to thank all volunteers in Ramsgate, it was just a shame that we didn’t get to have a second cake as they were delicious. ‘

Karen Cox Ramsgate Volunteer Press Officer Tel 07779848431 Email [email protected]

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

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