Aug 25


Byline: During high tide on Sunday 24 August both of Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboats moored in the tidal inner harbour in support of the annual 'flad week' collection, attracting much attention.
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Earlier in the day the inshore lifeboat had been out escorting entrants in the town’s Swimming Club’s annual Ramsgate to Broadstairs swim. At 1.45pm, shortly before the lifeboats were due to leave, a request was received from the Coastguard for the all-weather lifeboat to go the assistance of 10m barge with engine overheating problems and currently under tow by a local yacht 15 miles east of Ramsgate. As the lifeboat was leaving the harbour piers, however, the crew noticed people aboard a small speedboat waving for assistance.

With the barge in no immediate danger the lifeboat quickly towed the speedboat, which had one child, four adults and a dog on board, safely into the marina and immediately resumed its journey to the barge. On reaching the casualty the lifeboat took over the tow from the yacht and towed it safely into Ramsgate Harbour, arriving at 4.25pm.

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 /
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 /
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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