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Byline: With ninety children present at the boathouse on an educational visit on Friday 27 June Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was called out.
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The ILB launched at 11.07am to a person cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, between Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The volunteer crew managed to get the person and their dog aboard the ILB and bring them safely back to the lifeboat station from where they were collected and taken home by a family member.

The school’s visit followed an earlier presentation about beach and water safety at Ellington Infants School in Ramsgate by the locally based RNLI Education presenters. The children, accompanied by their teachers and all from the school’s Year 2, were being shown around the boats and boathouse in smaller groups when things first started to change.

Firstly, the lifeboat crew were asked to move the all-weather lifeboat (AWB), usually moored alongside the boathouse, to another pontoon within the harbour to allow access to the dredger hired by the local council. Although some of the children had yet to go on board the AWB they seemed just as interested in seeing it move across the harbour. Then with the pagers going off and the children all being quickly moved to the safety of the boathouse crewroom they had a ‘grandstand’ view of the ILB launch and were able to listen to progress on the marine radio receiver. 

Despite the changes the children seemed to enjoy the more practical visit which reinforced some of things they had learned about sea safety. Although they had to return to school before the ILB returned many of them expressed a concern about those being rescued so the school was later informed of the successful outcome so that the children could be told.

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: With ninety children present at the boathouse on an educational visit on Friday 27 June Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was called out.
Page Content:

The ILB launched at 11.07am to a person cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, between Ramsgate and Broadstairs. The volunteer crew managed to get the person and their dog aboard the ILB and bring them safely back to the lifeboat station from where they were collected and taken home by a family member.

The school’s visit followed an earlier presentation about beach and water safety at Ellington Infants School in Ramsgate by the locally based RNLI Education presenters. The children, accompanied by their teachers and all from the school’s Year 2, were being shown around the boats and boathouse in smaller groups when things first started to change.


Firstly, the lifeboat crew were asked to move the all-weather lifeboat (AWB), usually moored alongside the boathouse, to another pontoon within the harbour to allow access to the dredger hired by the local council. Although some of the children had yet to go on board the AWB they seemed just as interested in seeing it move across the harbour. Then with the pagers going off and the children all being quickly moved to the safety of the boathouse crewroom they had a ‘grandstand’ view of the ILB launch and were able to listen to progress on the marine radio receiver. 

Despite the changes the children seemed to enjoy the more practical visit which reinforced some of things they had learned about sea safety. Although they had to return to school before the ILB returned many of them expressed a concern about those being rescued so the school was later informed of the successful outcome so that the children could be told.

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