Single-handed-yachtsman-escorted-to-safety-by-Margate-RNLI-lifeboat

Byline: Margate’s RNLI lifeboat has today (Monday 24th August) come to the aid of a single-handed yacht which encountered problems off the North Kent coast.
Page Content: The craft was around six miles north east of Margate, on passage from the Netherlands to the River Hamble when it encountered problems including apparently being unsure of its position.

The lone occupant established radio contact with a nearby windfarm support vessel who notified coastguards at Dover of the craft’s plight and stood by the vessel. Margate’s all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist the yacht and once on scene put a member of its crew on board the yacht to assess the situation.

The lifeboat escorted the yacht to the safety of Ramsgate harbour, the lifeboat crewman remaining on the yacht for the passage.

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
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations 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: Margate's RNLI lifeboat has today (Monday 24th August) come to the aid of a single-handed yacht which encountered problems off the North Kent coast.
Page Content: The craft was around six miles north east of Margate, on passage from the Netherlands to the River Hamble when it encountered problems including apparently being unsure of its position.

The lone occupant established radio contact with a nearby windfarm support vessel who notified coastguards at Dover of the craft's plight and stood by the vessel. Margate's all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist the yacht and once on scene put a member of its crew on board the yacht to assess the situation.

The lifeboat escorted the yacht to the safety of Ramsgate harbour, the lifeboat crewman remaining on the yacht for the passage.


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
• James Oxley, RNLI Public Relations 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