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Ramsgate launch to sinking cargo vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched at 11.54pm yesterday to a 90m cargo vessel with seven crew aboard which had sent out a Mayday call reporting she was sinking 38 miles north east of Ramsgate in Force 9 north westerly winds.

Ramsgate Lifeboat at sea

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Ramsgate Lifeboat

As the AWB headed to the location the vessel sank with the crew taking to liferafts. Two other ships closer to the sinking vessel managed to rescue them all and from which they were subsequently airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Lydd. The UK Coastguard tasked the AWB crew to search for the sunken vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPERB) which they located and recovered and after being stood down returned to Ramsgate, arriving at 5.10am.

Whilst this launch was underway the UK Coastguard also requested, at 12.33am, the launch of Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) following a report of five people in the sea at Viking Bay, Broadstairs. The ILB crew searched the area with the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team carrying out a shoreline search. With nothing found both teams were stood down with the ILB returning to station at 1.45am.

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