Both-Ramsgate-lifeboats-launch-to-save-local-fisherman

Byline: Both of Ramsgate RNLI’s lifeboats launched at 7.36pm on Thursday, 6th. June to assist a local fisherman who had contacted Ramsgate Port Control requesting a lifeboat.
Page Content: Port Control were then unable to contact the fishing boat again, could not see it by eye or by radar and as there had been no further contact with the vessel requested the launch of the lifeboats, the all weather Trent, Esme Anderson, and the inshore Atlantic 75, Bob Turnbull.

On approaching the vessel’s last known area, in Pegwell Bay, the Coastguard asked the inshore lifeboat volunteer crew to make its way to a nearby kite surfer who had contacted them about a capsized fishing boat and on making their approach found the fishing vessel almost completely sunk. The crew then immediately started carrying out a search by following the debris and shortly came upon the skipper (the sole crew member, who was fortunately wearing a life jacket) half a mile south of the sunken fishing boat and quickly pulled him from the water and transferred him to the all weather lifeboat where it was warmer, more comfortable and easier to assess his condition.

The RNLI lifeboats then made their way back into Ramsgate Harbour and handed the skipper over to the awaiting paramedics who assessed his condition and took him to hospital. It had not been possible to salvage the fishing boat

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Both of Ramsgate RNLI’s lifeboats launched at 7.36pm on Thursday, 6th. June to assist a local fisherman who had contacted Ramsgate Port Control requesting a lifeboat.
Page Content: Port Control were then unable to contact the fishing boat again, could not see it by eye or by radar and as there had been no further contact with the vessel requested the launch of the lifeboats, the all weather Trent, Esme Anderson, and the inshore Atlantic 75, Bob Turnbull.

On approaching the vessel’s last known area, in Pegwell Bay, the Coastguard asked the inshore lifeboat volunteer crew to make its way to a nearby kite surfer who had contacted them about a capsized fishing boat and on making their approach found the fishing vessel almost completely sunk. The crew then immediately started carrying out a search by following the debris and shortly came upon the skipper (the sole crew member, who was fortunately wearing a life jacket) half a mile south of the sunken fishing boat and quickly pulled him from the water and transferred him to the all weather lifeboat where it was warmer, more comfortable and easier to assess his condition.

The RNLI lifeboats then made their way back into Ramsgate Harbour and handed the skipper over to the awaiting paramedics who assessed his condition and took him to hospital. It had not been possible to salvage the fishing boat

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789