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Ramsgate RNLI launches to assist guard vessel with an engine room fire

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.56am on Thursday 10 May the Ramsgate RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a guard vessel with an engine fire.

The Ramsgate lifebaot escorting the guard vessel

Sarah Hewes

The Ramsgate lifebaot escorting the guard vessel

At the time the guard vessel, which is used to protect offshore installations, was 28 miles off Ramsgate and was under escort by the Dunkirk lifeboat and another guard vessel. However the Coastguard also requested the assistance of the Ramsgate boat.

The Dunkirk Lifeboat escorted the guard vessel over the shipping separation zone and then returned to base. When Ramsgate RNLI arrived on scene, there was no sign of the fire, which had been in the exhaust lagging of the generator, as it been brought under control by the crew onboard the vessel.

As the casualty vessel was still capable of motoring the all-weather lifebaot escorted it back to Ramsgate, where it was berthed in the outer harbour and attended by the Fire Service.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea manned mainly by volunteers and funded entirely by public donations.


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

Ramsgate RNLI assists the guard vessel to dock

Mark Stanford

Ramsgate RNLI assists the guard vessel to dock

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