Busy Sunday at Ramsgate

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched three times yesterday.

Inshore lifeboat towing casualty yacht into Ramsgate Harbour

RNLI/Mark Stanford

Ramsgate ILB towing yacht in Suday's final rescue

The first launch of the Claire and David Delves was at 3:23am following a report of a person in the water off Ramsgate’s main sands. The ILB crew searched using searchlights and a parachute flare and found the person, who was then taken to hospital for a check up.

At 11.27am the ILB launched again to a 5m. speedboat with engine failure off Broadstairs with two people on board. When on scene the RNLI crew passed a line to the speedboat which was towed safely into Ramsgate Harbour.

The final call of the day was 6.45pm when ILB Launched to an 11m. yacht with two people on board and engine failure, half a mile south of Ramsgate Harbour. When on scene the lifeboat transferred a crew member to the yacht to assist with the recovery of the yacht’s anchor. When this had been safely completed a rope was passed and the yacht towed safely (pictured) into Ramsgate Harbour.

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