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Byline: Ramsgate RNLI’s lifeboat crew were called out four times to three sperate incidents between 9.00am on Saturday 6 June and 3.00am on Sunday 7 June
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The first the call outs on Saturday was for the all-weather (AWB) lifeboat and followed a report of an unmanned dinghy adrift near the Thanet Offshore Windfarm. The RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew located the dinghy and, liaising with Dover Coastguard, carried out an unsuccessful search of the area for any persons from it. After the Coastguard had called off the search and the lifeboat was heading back to Ramsgate with the dinghy aboard the crew were informed that the owner had reported the unmanned dinghy as missing.

Having arrived back at Ramsgate at 11.17am the AWB launched again at 13.02pm to assist Walmer RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) with the tow of a 13m yacht. Walmer had taken the yacht in tow as it was suffering from problems with its rudder and unable to steer. This, in turn, was making it difficult for the ILB to tow so Ramsgate’s more powerful AWB was asked to take over the tow and the yacht and crew were safely brought into Ramsgate Harbour.

At 5.04pm Ramsgate’s ILB was launched to assist a yacht that had run aground on a sandbank on a falling tide in the mouth of the River Stour off Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate. Experience told the RNLI crew that there was no way that the yacht could be got off the sandbank in the tidal conditions and as there was no immediate danger to either yacht or its two man crew it was agreed that the lifeboat would return to station and launch later on the rising tide.

The volunteer ILB crew launched again at 1.55am to return to the yacht and on arrival at the scene transferred a lifeboat crew member to assist on board. With the yacht in tow it came off the sandbank and was safely, with its crew, towed up river to a berth on Sandwich Quay. The ILB arrived back at Ramsgate at 3.00am

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• James Oxley, RNLI Media Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboat crew were called out four times to three sperate incidents between 9.00am on Saturday 6 June and 3.00am on Sunday 7 June
Page Content:

The first the call outs on Saturday was for the all-weather (AWB) lifeboat and followed a report of an unmanned dinghy adrift near the Thanet Offshore Windfarm. The RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew located the dinghy and, liaising with Dover Coastguard, carried out an unsuccessful search of the area for any persons from it. After the Coastguard had called off the search and the lifeboat was heading back to Ramsgate with the dinghy aboard the crew were informed that the owner had reported the unmanned dinghy as missing.

Having arrived back at Ramsgate at 11.17am the AWB launched again at 13.02pm to assist Walmer RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) with the tow of a 13m yacht. Walmer had taken the yacht in tow as it was suffering from problems with its rudder and unable to steer. This, in turn, was making it difficult for the ILB to tow so Ramsgate’s more powerful AWB was asked to take over the tow and the yacht and crew were safely brought into Ramsgate Harbour.

At 5.04pm Ramsgate’s ILB was launched to assist a yacht that had run aground on a sandbank on a falling tide in the mouth of the River Stour off Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate. Experience told the RNLI crew that there was no way that the yacht could be got off the sandbank in the tidal conditions and as there was no immediate danger to either yacht or its two man crew it was agreed that the lifeboat would return to station and launch later on the rising tide.

The volunteer ILB crew launched again at 1.55am to return to the yacht and on arrival at the scene transferred a lifeboat crew member to assist on board. With the yacht in tow it came off the sandbank and was safely, with its crew, towed up river to a berth on Sandwich Quay. The ILB arrived back at Ramsgate at 3.00am

RNLI media contacts
• John Ray, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer (Ramsgate Lifeboat)
07759 480825 / john.g.ray@talk21.com
• James Oxley, RNLI Media Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• Sophie Coller-Nielsen RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / sophie_coller-nielsen@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789