Jan 31


Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat, Atlantic 75 "Bob Turnbull", was launched three times to two seperate incidents during the afternoon and early evening of Thursday, 30th. January.
Page Content: The first call was at 2:32pm when the ILB was launched to assist a 10m. angling boat with engine failure and 3 people on board half a mile off Ramsgate’s main sands. The ILB took the casualty under tow and brought it safely into its berth in Ramsgate Harbour.

At 3:52pm the ILB launched again at the request of Dover Coastguard, to a 5m. angling boat with 2 people on board, aground in the River Stour entrance off Ramsgate’s Pegwell Bay. On arrival at the scene the angling boat was found to be hard aground, with the tide still dropping. It was decided, because of this and the cold weather to take the 2 people off the angling boat, having anchored it, and take them to the RNLI lifeboat station and await the incoming tide.

At 8:18pm the ILB returned to the angling boat with its owner, one of the people rescued earlier. Once on scene, it was evident that the tide had come in sufficiently for the ILB to put the owner aboard and for him to make his own way back to Ramsgate Harbour with the ILB guiding. Once safely in the harbour the angling boat was put back on its trailer, with the help of the RNLI’s volunteer crew.

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
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/South East/East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 33678.

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