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Early morning call to assist ex-lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 6.10am today to assist an ex-RNLI lifeboat with one person on board having difficulty entering Ramsgate harbour.

Ramsgate ILB at sea

RNLI/Steve Burton

Ramsgate ILB 'Claire and David Delves' at sea
Once alongside two of the ILB crew transferred to the ex-RNLI 46ft. 9in. Watson and assisted in getting it into harbour under its own power and helped with mooring.

Both Humber and Walton and Frinton lifeboats have previously assisted this vessel which was the Lytham St. Annes station lifeboat from 1951 - 1978, then named Sarah Townsend Porritt, and after a brief period in the relief fleet sold out of RNLI service, in 1983.

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Ramsgate ILB with rescued ex-lifeboat in Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Mark Stanford

Ramsgate ILB alongside rescued ex-lifeboat 08/04/17 in Ramsgate Harbour

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