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First launch for Ramsgate RNLI Tamar class Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A call from a concerned member of the public meant that the Diamond Jubilee launched in the middle of storm Isha.

A Tamar class lifeboat

RNLI/Ramsgate RNLI

Library image of Tamar class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee
On Sunday 21 January about 8 in the evening the Ramsgate all weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee was tasked by HM Coastguard after a call from a concerned member of the public to search for a person suspected of entering the water between Louisa Bay and Broadstairs main beach.

Both lifeboats had been tasked to search but with Storm Isha in full force and a south-westerly wind blowing Force 10 and gusting to Force 11, it was decided that it was too rough to launch the inshore lifeboat as the wind kept pushing the boat back against the pontoon.

The search was co-ordinated by the Coastguard assisted by the Police with a shoreline and water search being carried out. A report was eventually received that the person had been found safe and sound ashore.

The volunteer crew then returned to the warmth of the Lifeboat Station. Although it was the first outing for the Diamond Jubilee, she performed well in the heavy weather and it was the sort of situation that her volunteer crew had trained for.

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

Julie Rainey RNLI Regional Media Manager (South East) Email: [email protected] Tel: 07827358256

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