Ramsgates-lifeboats-assist-sinking-cabin-cruiser

Byline: Both of Ramsgate RNLI’s lifeboats were called out at 12.54pm on Wednesday, 4th. December to assist a 30ft. cabin cruiser with two people on board that had lost engine power and was taking in water off the Thanet Offshore Windfarm.
Page Content: With windfarm service vessels standing by the casualty, which had spent two days sailing from The Netherlands, the faster inshore lifeboat carrying a salvage pump was the first of the rescuers to arrive on the scene and an RNLI crew member was immediately transferred on board the cabin cruiser, along with the pump.

With much of the water pumped from the casualty a further two RNLI crew members from the all weather lifeboat were transferred onboard to assess the condition of the vessel and to make fast a tow line. The all weather lifeboat then proceeded to tow the vessel back to Ramsgate with the inshore lifeboat standing alongside in case it became necessary to abandon ship.

Once under way the RNLI crew members aboard the casualty checked to make sure that the vessel was not taking in too much water and remained on board in case the salvage pump was required again. Once they were satisfied that all was well the inshore lifeboat was released from service.

Whilst the all weather lifeboat continued the tow to Ramsgate Harbour the RNLI crew aboard the casualty managed to restart its engine and as the boats approached the harbour the casualty was released from its tow and able to make its way to a berth and the awaiting Coastguard whilst the lifeboat initially stood by and then recovered the three RNLI crew members and returned to the lifeboat station 

 
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
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678.

Byline: Both of Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboats were called out at 12.54pm on Wednesday, 4th. December to assist a 30ft. cabin cruiser with two people on board that had lost engine power and was taking in water off the Thanet Offshore Windfarm.
Page Content: With windfarm service vessels standing by the casualty, which had spent two days sailing from The Netherlands, the faster inshore lifeboat carrying a salvage pump was the first of the rescuers to arrive on the scene and an RNLI crew member was immediately transferred on board the cabin cruiser, along with the pump.

With much of the water pumped from the casualty a further two RNLI crew members from the all weather lifeboat were transferred onboard to assess the condition of the vessel and to make fast a tow line. The all weather lifeboat then proceeded to tow the vessel back to Ramsgate with the inshore lifeboat standing alongside in case it became necessary to abandon ship.

Once under way the RNLI crew members aboard the casualty checked to make sure that the vessel was not taking in too much water and remained on board in case the salvage pump was required again. Once they were satisfied that all was well the inshore lifeboat was released from service.

Whilst the all weather lifeboat continued the tow to Ramsgate Harbour the RNLI crew aboard the casualty managed to restart its engine and as the boats approached the harbour the casualty was released from its tow and able to make its way to a berth and the awaiting Coastguard whilst the lifeboat initially stood by and then recovered the three RNLI crew members and returned to the lifeboat station 

 
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
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678.