Aug 27


Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was called out three times on Tuesday 26 August.
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At 11:55am the ILB was launched to a small 6m boat, with two people on board, which had broken down and was taking in water at the River Stour entrance in Ramsgate’s Pegwell Bay. The boat was towed to the lifeboat station but after being moored sank suddenly before the ILB crew could get aboard with a pump. The casualty was lifted sufficiently to enable the salvage pump to clear water from it and once re-floated it was lifted out of the water by the harbour’s travel hoist.

At 3:24pm the ILB launched to investigate a report of a red flare in Pegwell Bay. The crew searched the area thoroughly until notified that the red flare had been let off accidentally. The ILB then returned to station and the call treated as a false alarm with good intent.

The third call at 9.46pm was to assist a person who had fallen off a boat moored in Ramsgate’s inner harbour and could not get back on board. As it was low water the ILB could not get into the inner harbour but dressed in their dry suits and life jackets the crew quickly went to the scene to give assistance. On arrival they found the fire and rescue service and paramedics already on the scene and the person safely out of the water.

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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