Early morning call to assist ex-lifeboat
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.
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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