Ramsgates-lifeboat-crew-experience-Groundhog-Day

Byline: When Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 5.22pm on Sunday 7 June the volunteer crewbegan to think that they were experiencing their own ‘Grounhog Day’.
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As in the classic film the reason for the call out replicated that at much the same time the previous day. A 13m motor yacht had run aground in the mouth of the River Stour off Ramsgate’s Pegwell Bay. The yacht, with six people aboard, was hard aground, and there was no chance of getting it free on the falling tide.

The ILB crew took a woman, her four children and a greyhound dog off the yacht and brought them onboard the ILB to the lifeboat station where they were cared for whilst they awaited collection to be taken home. The skipper/ owner of the yacht stayed aboard to await the rising tide and the return of the lifeboat in the early hours of the following morning.

The ILB duly launched again in the early hours of Monday, managed to tow the yacht off the sandbank on the rising tide and started to escort it to Ramsgate Harbour. With the yacht’s engine starting to overheat the ILB crew again took it under tow and brought it and its skipper safely on to a mooring in Ramsgate Harbour. The ILB then returned to the boathouse having completed the RNLI station’s sixth launch in less than 48 hours.

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: When Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 5.22pm on Sunday 7 June the volunteer crewbegan to think that they were experiencing their own 'Grounhog Day'.
Page Content:

As in the classic film the reason for the call out replicated that at much the same time the previous day. A 13m motor yacht had run aground in the mouth of the River Stour off Ramsgate’s Pegwell Bay. The yacht, with six people aboard, was hard aground, and there was no chance of getting it free on the falling tide.

The ILB crew took a woman, her four children and a greyhound dog off the yacht and brought them onboard the ILB to the lifeboat station where they were cared for whilst they awaited collection to be taken home. The skipper/ owner of the yacht stayed aboard to await the rising tide and the return of the lifeboat in the early hours of the following morning.

The ILB duly launched again in the early hours of Monday, managed to tow the yacht off the sandbank on the rising tide and started to escort it to Ramsgate Harbour. With the yacht’s engine starting to overheat the ILB crew again took it under tow and brought it and its skipper safely on to a mooring in Ramsgate Harbour. The ILB then returned to the boathouse having completed the RNLI station’s sixth launch in less than 48 hours.

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