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Byline: Both Ramsgte RNLI’s inshore (ILB) and all-weather (AWB) lifeboats launched at 4.54pm on Friday 30 May to assist a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands.
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The 13m. Belgian yacht with five people aboard was firmly aground on the Sands on a falling tide and could not be towed off. It was decided to take the crew members off the yacht to the safety of Ramsgate and the ILB crew transferred the five crew members to the AWB in fairly calm seas and both lifeboats returned to Ramsgate.

As the yacht could have become a shipping hazard the lifeboats launched again at 10.30pm as the tide was rising. Upon reaching the yacht two ILB crew went aboard to check for damage and finding none apparent attached a towing rope and as soon as it was felt that there was enough sea under it, the ILB crew managed to tow the yacht off the Sands. The tow was transferred to the AWB and the lifeboats reached the harbour at 1.00am where the yacht was reunited with its crew.

It is understood that the yacht and its crew returned to Belgium early today following further checks.

Historical Note
The Goodwin Sands are a notorious moving sandbank that lay off the East Kent coast and are marked by navigational buoys. Over the centuries they have been the cause of thousands of shipwrecks and the loss of many lives.

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/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Both Ramsgte RNLI's inshore (ILB) and all-weather (AWB) lifeboats launched at 4.54pm on Friday 30 May to assist a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands.
Page Content:

The 13m. Belgian yacht with five people aboard was firmly aground on the Sands on a falling tide and could not be towed off. It was decided to take the crew members off the yacht to the safety of Ramsgate and the ILB crew transferred the five crew members to the AWB in fairly calm seas and both lifeboats returned to Ramsgate.

As the yacht could have become a shipping hazard the lifeboats launched again at 10.30pm as the tide was rising. Upon reaching the yacht two ILB crew went aboard to check for damage and finding none apparent attached a towing rope and as soon as it was felt that there was enough sea under it, the ILB crew managed to tow the yacht off the Sands. The tow was transferred to the AWB and the lifeboats reached the harbour at 1.00am where the yacht was reunited with its crew.

It is understood that the yacht and its crew returned to Belgium early today following further checks.

Historical Note
The Goodwin Sands are a notorious moving sandbank that lay off the East Kent coast and are marked by navigational buoys. Over the centuries they have been the cause of thousands of shipwrecks and the loss of many lives.

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/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789