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Ramsgate RNLI called out to three separate incidents in one day

Lifeboats News Release

A warm, busy Sunday in April (April 22) saw Ramsgate RNLI having a diverse and busy day. The day started off sadly, with the discovery of a body at 8.40am floating in the turning circle off Ramsgate Harbour.

The Ramgate inshore lifeboat at sea.

Chris Cox

The Ramgate inshore lifeboat at sea.

The body was discovered by a member of the public out for a walk along the Western Pier. The alarm was raised and the all-weather lifeboat was launched to recover the body. The Police later confirmed that it was the body of a woman thought to be aged between 60-70 years old. No further information is known and the police are trying to trace next of kin. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

The usually warm weather meant that the beaches were packed and people had also taken to the water. At about 5.30pm the inshore lifeboat was launched to the assistance of a yacht with engine trouble off Broadstairs main beach.

But whilst en route they were diverted to Joss Bay Beach where two young children in a rubber dingy had been reported by numerous people as having been swept out to sea.

They successfully managed to take the youngsters back to the beach where they were gently educated in the strength of the tides, how to respect the water and how to play and stay safe.

The Inshore Lifeboat then continued on to its original target and managed to tow the yacht and its grateful crew back to Ramsgate Harbour.

A busy day for the on call volunteer crew demonstrating how diverse their day can be, and how they have to be ready for every eventuality. This perfectly demonstrates how the RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

RNLI media contacts

Karen Cox, Volunteer RNLI Press Officer, Ramsgate on 07779 848431

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207416, 07786 668825

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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