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Ramsgate launch to exhausted sailor.

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI's all weather lifeboat (AWB) was launched at 9.50am on Sunday, 18 December, at the request of the UK Coastguard.

Ramsgate's Trent class lifeboat nears casualty on 18 December 2016

RNLI/Ian Cannon

Ramsgate AWB nears casualty 18 December 2016
The lifeboat crew were tasked to a yacht, about 10m. in length anchored to the North Thanet buoy, some 13 miles east of Ramsgate, and on arrival at the scene found a lone sailor suffering from exhaustion.

Once a tow line had been attached to the yacht the sailor was taken aboard the AWB, which then towed the yacht safely onto a berth in Ramsgate Harbour.

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