Replica-pilot-cutter-towed-to-safety-by-Margate-RNLI-lifeboat

Byline: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was in action late last night after a replica pilot cutter experienced difficulties making headway due to light winds and becoming low on fuel.
Page Content: The 74 foot long, 42 ton replica Bristol Channel pilot cutter with five people on board was outward bound from London when they reported their dilemma to coastguards at Dover. They were in the Queens Channel around six miles north of Margate and unable to make sufficient progress while in the busy shipping channel due to light winds.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat Leonard Kent was tasked to assist the vessel at around 11.30pm and soon arrived on scene. After assessing the situation it was decided the best form of assistance would be to tow the vessel to Ramsgate harbour.

A tow line was connected and steady progress made. After a passage of around four hours the vessel was safely secured alongside at Ramsgate harbour where they were met by local coastguard officers. The lifeboat returned to Margate and was back ready for service at 5.10am (10 September).

Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• 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: Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was in action late last night after a replica pilot cutter experienced difficulties making headway due to light winds and becoming low on fuel.
Page Content: The 74 foot long, 42 ton replica Bristol Channel pilot cutter with five people on board was outward bound from London when they reported their dilemma to coastguards at Dover. They were in the Queens Channel around six miles north of Margate and unable to make sufficient progress while in the busy shipping channel due to light winds.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat Leonard Kent was tasked to assist the vessel at around 11.30pm and soon arrived on scene. After assessing the situation it was decided the best form of assistance would be to tow the vessel to Ramsgate harbour.

A tow line was connected and steady progress made. After a passage of around four hours the vessel was safely secured alongside at Ramsgate harbour where they were met by local coastguard officers. The lifeboat returned to Margate and was back ready for service at 5.10am (10 September).


Notes to editors
• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: Peter_Barker@rnli.org.uk
• 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