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14th April 2019


Quiz evening


Our first Quiz Night of the year was a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Crampton Tower Main Hall which raised £353.50 for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat.


Sincere thanks to everyone who supported the event and a special thank you to Kevin and Janet from Crampton for all their hard work and for providing such an entertaining quiz.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

11th April 2019


Helly Hansen is a strategic partner of the RNLI, supplying new all-weather lifeboat crew kit, and at the end of March Ramsgate RNLI took delivery of their new equipment.


Here is a photograph taken whilst on exercise of some of the crew in their new kit.


Don’t they look smart!

17th March 2019

Our first collection day of 2019 raised a wonderful £664.97 thanks to the very generous customers at Asda in Broadstairs.


Sincere thanks to Ray and all the Fundraisers for all their hard work and to Tracey and all at Asda Broadstairs for making us feel so very welcome.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

28th February 2019


Illuminations cheque presentation

This afternoon in unseasonably warm weather Ramsgate RNLI were presented with a cheque for £802 by Rebekah Smith, Town Promoter for money raised by local small businesses during the Illuminations in December 2018. Also present was Martin Morgans from the Royal Temple Yacht Club who co-ordinated the annual event encouraging the boats to light up and who worked side by side with Ramsgate Town Council to include the local businesses and make it into an even bigger spectacle, one which attracted crowds from far and wide and even Europe.

This year was the largest light up of boats yet and huge crowds came to witness the event and also the laser light show that the Town Council arranged. The RNLI added to the spectacle by lighting up their relief Trent in the harbour and even managed to persuade Santa to come out for a tour of the harbour in atrocious weather.

The following local businesses contributed to the total raised by sponsoring an amount for each boat that lit up.

The Empire Rooms, The Little Ships, Thorley Taverns, The Goose, Albion House Hotel, Stonelees Golf Centre, York Street Gallery, Ravensgate Arms, Glendevon Guest House, Nice Things, McGillan and Woodell, Archive Home and Kitchen, Lovett of Ramsgate, The Greek Arch and Home Basics.

Ian Cannon, Coxswain of the RNLI said, ‘ We would like to thank everyone who took part in last years Illuminations, and we are happy to accept this cheque for £802 which will help us to continue saving lives at sea, as the RNLI is fully funded by voluntary contributions. ‘


Photo  left - L-R Phill Mace RNLI Mechanic, Ian Cannon RNLI Coxswain, Rebekah Smith Ramsgate Town Promoter and Martin Morgans from Royal Temple Yacht Club. Photo by Sarah Hewes.

Photo right - Father Christmas on the RNLI boat, and the lit up harbour. Photo by Brian Whitehead.

21st February 2019

Local people may have heard about the Thanet Rock Hunters, a group who take the time to paint a picture on a rock and hide it around the coast in Thanet for others to find, keep if they wish or hide again for someone else to find.


To date our crew have found three rocks hidden by the Lifeboat station. We wanted to share this photo as they are lovely scenes taken during the Ramsgate Illuminations of our relief Trent decked out with Christmas lights in front of the museum, our Inshore lifeboat heading out to sea and one of the Trent passing the coast. In fact we liked them so much that we have decided to keep them at the station, and we have discovered that all three were painted by Anthony Thorne.


Photo by Karen Cox

21st February 2019


First launch of the Year


Thursday 21st February around 3pm Ramsgate RNLI launched for the first time this year. A local boat reported steering issues with 3 people onboard off North Foreland and the All-weather boat was launched as a precaution and escorted them safely back into Ramsgate Harbour.

Photo by Karen Cox


13th February 2019


Ramsgate RNLI are pleased to support Thanet District Council’s production of Educational Resources to assist schools, youth groups and families wishing to visit our beaches and gain from the rich experiences to be found there. Full details, which include health and safety advice and information, can be found at


The RNLI also has an Education Team which exists to help keep young people of all ages safe in and around the sea and to engage them with the RNLI’s work. As well as free education resources, there are a number of trained volunteers available throughout the country who, by prior arrangement, can visit your school or youth group to give a free presentation tailored to meet your needs and timings. To find out more you can go to Alternatively you can telephone the RNLI Education on 01202 336330 or email them at

31st January 2019


One hundred years ago today 31st January, lifeboats from Ramsgate  and North Deal rescued 96 crew from the steamer, s.s. Piave, of New Jersey. They had launched two days before in rough seas and a blinding snow-storm to the vessel which had run aground.


On January 29th, 1919, the American steel cargo ship PIAVE, built in 1918 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. and owned at the time of her loss by U. S. Army Transport Service, on her maiden voyage from New York to Rotterdam with general cargo, ran aground on Goodwin Sands. PIAVE broke her back and sank into deeper waters, when attempts were made to re float her.


It had rolled onto its side, attempts to refloat the Piave proved unsuccessful but following a continuous period of forty-eight hours at sea without rest and in terrible conditions, the lifeboats returned with the last of the survivors.



21st January 2019


Many thanks to the Royal Albion for kindly allowing us to put on a Christmas Cards Sale today. Thanks to their generous customers we sold £38 of cards, calendars and diaries.


Now that the Sale is over Christmas Cards are available from the Boathouse Broadstairs in the harbour.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

16th January 2019


First Fundraisers Meeting of 2019

Our first Fundraisers Meeting of 2019 was rather different as we had a meal together at the Racing Greyhound to celebrate our efforts in raising over £26,000 for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat in 2018.


It was fantastic to see so many RNLI Ramsgate & Broadstairs Fundraisers, RNLI Ramsgate Shop & RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk Volunteers celebrating together, we were also very pleased to have Tatti McNally, Visitor Experience Manager, South East joining us for the meal.


Sincere thanks to all at the Racing Greyhound for hosting the meal and for the very much enjoyed food & service. Thanks also to Ron for organising it all for us so efficiently.


At the end of the meal Tatti expressed her appreciation of the Fundraisers, Shop and Kiosk efforts and she then went on to present an award to Jean Hefford in recognition of her outstanding work as Souvenir Secretary at the RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk. Jean said the award was for all the Kiosk Volunteers and thanked everybody who had volunteered at the Kiosk and everybody who had supported it during 2018.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

15th January 2019


Gravesend RNLI lifeboat at Ramsgate for service


Yesterday we received an overnight guest, the B827 Olive Laura Deare II from Gravesend RNLI. It was decided that it made economic sense to have its annual service down at Ramsgate where we have our own lifting equipment along with the closeness to the station of the Service Support Team. Her crew Natalie and Steve had a good journey round if a bit bumpy in places and made the journey in 2 hours.


After her service the lifeboat set off on its return journey this morning.

Photo by Karen Cox

15th January 2019


The Broadstairs Babes Christmas Raffle

Our Secretary Jean receiving a cheque for £200 from Diane Springett. This was raised from a Christmas Raffle held by a social group called The Broadstairs Babes who meet at The Pavilion on the Sands Broadstairs.


Sincere thanks to the Broadstairs Babes.


Photo organised by Jean Hefford

17th December 2018


Santa wishes the crew of Ramsgate RNLI a Merry Christmas


Last Saturday 15 December Santa took time out of his busy schedule to take a tour of the harbour on relief Trent lifeboat ‘Dora Foster McDougall’ .


The event was to support the towns Illuminations which has been held for the past five years to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI.  Over seventy five yachts in the inner harbour have been decorated in Christmas lights and the event draws crowds from home and away. This year for the first time a relief Trent has been based in Ramsgate and the Town Team donated money for it to be decorated over the Christmas period.


As a way of thanking the town for supporting the RNLI which is entirely funded by public donations, the crew decided to ask Santa along for a tour of the harbour which he thoroughly enjoyed, waving and wishing everyone a Happy Christmas. Sadly the weather was dreadful which kept the expected crowds away but everyone took to Twitter and Facebook to thank the crew for everything they had done. The lifeboat was full to capacity as the volunteer crew all wanted to meet Santa and check that they were on his good list, which he assured them they were.


The coxswain Ian Cannon said that he had considered cancelling the event as it was so cold and raining hard, however how could the RNLI who brave all weathers to save lives at sea cancel an event because of a bit of rain!


Photo left - Santa onboard the relief Trent ‘Dora Foster McDougall’ photo by Steve Burton.

Photo right - The lifeboat touring the harbour with the yachts lit up in the back ground. Photo by Brian Whitehead.


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9th December 2018


Christingle Fair

The Christmas Stall at the Christingle Fair in the Pavilion in Broadstairs Sunday 9th December  was a very enjoyable event for our RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk Volunteers. Takings were £92.60, and we would like to say many thanks to everybody who kindly supported them and to all at the Pavilion.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

7th December 2018


St. George's Church Christmas Tree Festival


Our RNLI Christmas Tree is now finished and is ready for visitors to see at the St. George's Church Christmas Tree Festival which starts  Friday 7th December. Decorated by home made yellow wellies knitted by our supporters it looks beautiful. Please support the St. George's Restoration Appeal and spend an enjoyable time looking at all the different decorated trees.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

29th November 2018


Ramsgate RNLI assist in saving historic boat from sinking

On Tuesday 27 November at 16.50 Ramsgate RNLI received an unusual call from the Harbour Master Rob Brown asking for their assistance with a museum boat that was rapidly taking on water and in danger of sinking in the inner harbour.


The “Cervia” is a tug which was built during the Second World War in 1945 for the Ministry of War and originally named Empire Raymond. In her long career she assisted in the rescue of the Cunard liner “Queen Elizabeth” when she went aground in 1947, capsized and sank with the loss of her skipper and four crew whilst towing the P&O liner “Arcadia” from Tilbury Docks. Raised two days later she made a trip to  Ramsgate for a refit. She was sold for preservation to the Medway Maritime Museum in 1971 but returned to towing work in the North Sea two years later, ending up back in Ramsgate as a port tug before being placed into Ramsgate Maritime Museum in 1985, firstly in dry dock and then in the inner marina.


Sadly she had developed a hole in her hull about the size of a football and water was pouring in fast. The crew found themselves fighting against the rising water but initially managed to control the ingress.


Photo The crew onboard the Cervia manning the pumps. Photo by crew member Neil Morgan.


When daylight arrived the battle appeared to be lost and the tug was now sitting on the sand as the pumps onboard were unable to control the flow. It then became a joint venture with the Fire Brigade  and the RNLI pumping the seawater out, and divers inspecting the hull. During the day they managed to control the water with sandbags using the more powerful pumps of the Fire-service so that eventually they were able to stem the majority of the water and place a plate over the hole.

29th November 2018


Right place right time!


For the past 5 years the boat owners in Ramsgate Royal Harbour have lit up their boats in December to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI.


This event has attracted television coverage worldwide and people travel from Europe and all over England to witness it.


Back in September Ramsgate’s Press Officer Karen was enjoying a coffee and a gossip with the crew at the station after they had returned from a shout, and the discussion moved onto this years event. The Illuminations Committee had asked the station if it was possible to move a boat into a previously dark area of the harbour within the inner harbour. The relief Mersey “Lady of Hilbre” that is usually stored out of the water and always decorated with lights was unable to go into the water for long periods due to having an aluminium hull which cannot be anti-fouled,so that couldn’t be used.


Now it so happened that day Jon Rudd the Divisional Maintenance Manager for RNLI was in the station at the time. He was due to retire shortly but wanted to help Ramsgate RNLI support the local town. There are 100 relief lifeboats in the RNLI fleet based at our stations around the UK, ready to temporarily replace station lifeboats whenever they require regular or emergency maintenance. For example the “Lady of Hilbre” is based at Ramsgate to provide cover for Margate RNLI. Arrangements were made for a relief Trent to be based at Ramsgate over the Christmas period and provide cover for Ramsgate, Sheerness and also Gorleston-on-Sea at Great Yarmouth, and this could be moored in the darkest area of the harbour not only providing a beacon of light during the Illuminations but also a beacon of hope to all mariners if it’s services are required at sea.


Last Saturday that boat arrived into Ramsgate , the "Dora Foster McDougall" 14-24 Trent class and after essential maintenance work has been carried out on her, she will be moved into the harbour to take pride of place in the Ramsgate Illuminations.


If you are free over December we can recommend a trip down to Ramsgate to see the lights. Without the support from all of our volunteers and the public we cannot do our job of saving lives at sea as we are entirely funded by public donations



The photo above was taken by RNLI Ramsgate’s Treasurer and enthusiastic amateur photographer Steve Burton of last years event.

26th November 2018


Busy Fundraising Weekend


Our hardworking Fundraisers were collecting for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat yesterday at the Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate and £264.65 was raised making a grand total of £608.71 raised over the weekend. Sincere thanks to the very generous customers at Wetherspoons.


Many thanks for all the hard work by our Fundraisers & Volunteers who gave up so much of their time to make the four events over the weekend so successful.


Photo Sarah Hewes


26th November 2018


A visitor to Ramsgate


Saturday 24th November we had a new arrival into Ramsgate, a Trent relief lifeboat 14-24 called “Dora Foster McDougall” which has come to Ramsgate for maintenance work and will then be moved into the inner harbour and moored up on the heritage pontoon, and decorated with Christmas lights to brighten a dark area in the harbour for the Ramsgate Illuminations.


This fantastic photo was taken by Nigel Hefford

25th November 2018


Co-op Local Cause Scheme Report


Last year Ramsgate RNLI fund Raising Team applied to be a charity on the Co-op Local Cause Scheme, they were accepted and linked with the Co-op Grange Road Store, Co-op Funeral Care & Co-op Petrol Store in Minster. As a member of the scheme the RNLI undertook to hold two information days at Grange Road and Minster.


A really good relationship was built over the year with the staff at the Grange Road Store, they supported us with raffle prizes for some of our fundraising events and one member of staff, Harrison, decided to run events for us as part of his role development. Harrison took it upon himself to organise a raffle in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat which started on 25th September and was drawn on 10th November. He also organised two collection days at the Grange Road Store in November and a cake stall for the final National payout day.

Members of Ramsgate RNLI crew, volunteer fund raising team and supporters were on hand for the presentation of a cheque to Coxswain Ian Cannon by store manager Darren and his team for the National Local Causes Scheme and then a further £515.38 was presented which was raised by the collection days, raffles and cake stall making a grand total of £5897.88.

This is a fabulous amount of money and Ramsgate RNLI would like to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone involved, customers, staff and supporters for their generosity.


Photo left - Store manager Darren presenting the cheque to Coxswain Ian Cannon..

Photo right - Harrison with a RNLI volunteer on the cake stall.


Photos by Sarah Hewes

24th November 2018


Final Christmas Stall of the season


The volunteers from the RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk held their final Christmas Stall of the season at the Pavilion today. The takings were £53.40, many thanks to the staff of the Pavilion for hosting us and their generous customers.

Photo Jean Hefford

22nd November 2018


A flashback to warmer times

The Fishing Competition which took place in the summer and was organised by Dawn and Jason Parrott to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI.

Thank you to Hannah and her team from Buckle Up Films for the video.

18th November 2018


Lifeboat Magazine article


Issue 625 of the Lifeboat Magazine has an article about Ramsgate volunteer crew member Harry Hughes on page 41. Read how he proposed to long term girlfriend Kerry on the main sands at Ramsgate during an exercise and the birth of their child Theodore.


Photo Chris Cox

17th November 2018


Christmas Stall


Our hard working volunteers ran a Christmas Stall at the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs  today realising a total sales of £144.55, many thanks to everybody who supported us and for the kindness shown to us by the staff of the Royal Albion.


Photo Sarah Hewes


11th November 2018


Remembrance Day


Remembrance Day 11th November 2018, the One Hundred year anniversary and our volunteer crew were on hand to pay their respects. The crew met at the Boat house and then walked up the High Street to a packed St Georges Church where crew members Neil Morgan and Becky Cannon were amongst many people laying wreaths in remembrance of those who gave their lives for us during the First World War.


Photo Steve Burton

9th November 2018


Quiz Night


We had a most enjoyable Quiz Night on Saturday, 3rd November at Christchurch School. £452 was raised, sincere thanks to all who supported and organised the event.


Photo Sarah Hewes

5th November 2018


Busy Saturday for the RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk Volunteers

Our RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk Volunteers had a very busy day on Saturday 3rd November doing two Christmas Stalls at the same time.


The stall at St. Philip's Church in Palm Bay Margate realised takings of £131.15 and the stall at the Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs realised takings of £188.90. Sincere thanks to Daphne and all at St. Philip's Church, and to  Aram and all at the Royal Albion Hotel and everybody at both venues who so kindly supported our stalls.

Photo Eric Burton

29th October 2018


Ramsgate RNLI launched to retrieve a dog and owner from stricken catamaran


On Saturday 27 October Ramsgate’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Esme Anderson’ was called to assist Walmer RNLI’s lifeboat which is an A85 which had been launched to a forty five foot catamaran.


The catamaran had called up with engine failure two miles off Deal pier and had only one man onboard with his dog. When the crew arrived on the scene they found that due to the weather and strong sea conditions Walmer RNLI was unable to tow the yacht into Ramsgate Harbour. A spokesman for the RNLI said that “ the owner had taken the precaution of wearing a life jacket himself and his dog was also wearing one. Preparation for any sea journey is so important as weather conditions can deteriorate quickly at sea. “ The crew from the ‘Esme Anderson’ was able to attach a line and then towed the casualty back into Ramsgate Harbour.


Photo Walmer RNLI

23th October 2018


Ramsgate RNLI in an 8 hour operation to rescue disabled yacht

Tuesday morning at 6.40am the all-weather lifeboat ‘Esme Anderson’ was launched to a twenty six metre yacht with hydraulic failure twenty nine miles North East of Ramsgate.


When the lifeboat arrived on the scene they found that the crew of four onboard were in trouble due to a hydraulic failure which meant that they were unable to lower the sails. With strong winds of force five to six and two metre swells the yacht was at the mercy of the wind. To make matters worse the hydraulics also controlled the 4.5 metre keel meaning they were unable to take shelter in a harbour due to the draught of the yacht.


The crew of the lifeboat escorted the yacht into the comparative protection from the wind off the coast of Ramsgate where they were able to put a crew member onboard. The deputy RNLI mechanic was able to manually lift the keel so that they were able to head into the harbour but they were unable to drop the sails. However with assistance from the lifeboat they were able to moor the boat up against the pontoon where they could safely await an engineer. The whole operation took over eight hours which meant that the mainly volunteer crew missed most of their working day. The RNLI truly appreciates the dedication of our volunteer crews and their understanding employees, without whom we could not continue to save lives at sea.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

22nd October 2018


Convoy Evening


Sincere thanks to everybody who attended our Convoy Evening held at Royal Pavilion Wetherspoons in Ramsgate on Sunday 21st October. We raised £248.42 for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat to help us continue in Saving Lives at Sea. A great evening was had by all playing Convoy which definitely brings out the competitiveness in people.


A special thank you to Bernard Sparkes, the creator of Convoy from Play the Game for all his enthusiasm and hard work, your efforts Bernard are very much appreciated. Also a huge well done to Sarah and her team for all her efforts fund raising for Ramsgate RNLI, a lot of hard work had gone into this evening.


Photo Left to Right Clive Nicholls crew, Caroline Hoyal crew, Karen Cox press officer, Caroline Matthews RNLI shop volunteer. Photo by Sarah Hewes.

19th October 2018

Gap year walk raises funds for Ramsgate RNLI

On Friday 19th October Ramsgate RNLI station was visited by Beth Wickes who has taken two years off to walk around the coastline of Britain visiting every lifeboat station.

This extraordinary lady decided in her mid forties to completely change her life. She enrolled herself into Worcester University studying a degree in Human Nutrition and when she left aged fifty, decided that she would take a couple of years out before starting work. However instead of heading off abroad for her gap years, she decided to sell her home, put all her possessions other than those needed for her journey into storage and after six months of training set off from London Bridge RNLI station on 3 October 2018 to walk around the coastline of Britain raising money jointly for the RNLI and the Lowland Rescue.

With no support team, no physiotherapists and relying on the generosity of contacts within the Search and Rescue teams to put her up for the night, or funding bed and breakfast accommodation herself, she has set herself a stiff challenge.

Ramsgate RNLI fund raising team and some of the crew were at Ramsgate RNLI station in force to meet her and wish her well as she started off on the next leg of her journey walking from Ramsgate to Deal, as she is hoping to average about twelve miles a day and complete her journey in two years. You can follow her travels on as well as her twitter and Facebook pages, but if you see her out and about wearing her distinctive vest go and say hello to her!

8th October 2018


Ramsgate RNLI launch in horrendous conditions to rescue a stranded boat


On Saturday 6 October a request for assistance was received by a heavy 20 metre ex Danish trawler adrift in the Traffic Separation Zone mid way between France and England.


Saturday night was wet and wild when a PanPan was received at 20.04 by HM UK Coastguard asking for assistance to a Guard vessel that was adrift in the shipping lane due to engine problems. A PanPan is not quite as severe as a Mayday but is still an emergency request with no imminent risk to life, however the position of the boat meant that action had to be taken immediately . The all-weather lifeboat was launched within minutes and set off to the guard vessel which was about 15 miles out as the crow flies, however a longer journey due to having to skirt round the Goodwin Sands.


The Guard vessel had arrived on station the previous day having motored down from Grimsby with its three crew onboard for the start of a three week rota. They were guarding an uncovered portion of the Nemo  Link® subsea cable which runs between the formerly occupied Richborough Power Station, and a similar converter station in  Herdersbrug in Bruges where their role is to keep fishing vessels away from the cable.


On scene with winds gusting to over fifty knots North East the fourteen metre all-weather boat Esme Anderson managed to throw a heaving line to the twenty metre casualty, who was then able to pull the tow line across. Once attached, the crew started the long slow tow back to Ramsgate but this was not without adventures. After approximately three hours of towing, the tow line chaffed , then snapped and was lost at the casualty end. The lifeboat crew then pulled all the one hundred and sixty metres tow line back in by hand, this sounds easy but in the dark with strong winds,large wave heights, extreme swell and pouring rain the crew were forced to be on their knees to do any manoeuvres, and made ready for a second attempt. The casualty vessel still had the heaving line onboard so they reversed the earlier operation by throwing it to the all-weather lifeboat, allowing them to re-attach the tow rope, which was again pulled onboard by the casualty crew. Once re-attached to the casualty the RNLI Esme Anderson was then able to continue the tow safely into Ramsgate harbour arriving shortly after midnight.


An RNLI representative managed to speak with the skipper of the Guard vessel, Mark and he expressed his gratitude to the volunteer RNLI crew who are prepared to go out in all weather. All three of the crew which also includes First Mate Dave and the cook/engineer Peter were under no illusions that this was a dangerous situation to be in and were delighted to see the lights of the all-weather boat coming through the night. The engineer is currently working on the boat and they hope to be able to return to sea shortly.


Photo left - The Guard Vessel Safety moored in Ramsgate Harbour. Photo by Karen Cox

Photo right - HM Coastguard Margate on scene. Photo by HM coastguard Margate.

8th October 2018


Our fundraising were again very kindly invited to attend the Grange Practice on Saturday 6th October during their flu jab clinic. A total of £330.05 was raised, thank you so much to all concerned.

The Raffle will be drawn on the day of the last flu jab clinic - 13th October 2018.


Photo Sarah Hewes



29th September 2018

Fish and Chip Supper

To round off a busy Saturday we held our Annual Fish Supper with fantastic entertainment provided by the Greyhound Buskers and very yummy Fish & Chips supplied by Newington Fish Bar. The event was a sell out and raised £426.90 for the RNLI Fish Supper Campaign. Many thanks to all who attended.


Photo Sarah Hewes

29th September 2018


Caritas Choir sings to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI.


An afternoon of music and photography named Sea Scape took place today at St. George's Church, Ramsgate. We were treated to a sublime performance by the Caritas Chamber Choir from Canterbury directed by Benedict Preece and a lovely sea themed exhibition from local artists and photographers. The RNLI fund raisers also had a stall there selling merchandise.


 The event raised £454.35 for RNLI Ramsgate for which we are extremely grateful. We would like to thank Dawn, Benedict and all of the Cartias Chamber Choir, John and Meg Chater and Jenny at St. George's Church, the local artists, Brian Whitehead for taking the superb photos for us throughout the event and the wonderful audience who attended.

29th September 2018

Thank you presentation to John Ray for 11 years service

Saturday 29th September the RNLI Ramsgate & Broadstairs Fundraisers making a presentation of recognition and thanks to John Ray, who recently stood down as Press Officer after 11 years, for his contribution in promoting and reporting on fundraising events. Sincere thanks John.


Photo Sarah Hewes

29th September 2018


RNLI 911 Challenge


The RNLI 911 Challenge team in the form of James and Belinda Richardson and their Porsche 911 arrived at Ramsgate today 29th September where they were met by members of the crew and station management group and fundraisers. James and Belinda are nearing the end of their challenge to drive around all 238 RNLI Lifeboat Stations in 911 hours. Having started at 9:11am on 23rd August at Teddington, their epic journey comes to an end tomorrow morning when they reach Tower Lifeboat Station. All of us at Ramsgate offer our heartiest congratulations and thanks for supporting the RNLI to Save Lives At Sea.

A plaque was presented to the station to recognise the moment.


Photo by Steve Burton

29th September 2018


Friday 29th September

There were three All Weather Lifeboats at Ramsgate this evening. From left to right, relief Mersey class "Lady of Hilbre" on the quay; Great Yarmouth's Trent class "Samarbeta" on her way home from Poole; Ramsgate's Trent class "Esme Anderson"

Photo by Steve Burton

29th September 2018


Long service awards presentation


Last Saturday 22nd September the Royal Temple Yacht Club hosted their annual dinner for Ramsgate RNLI and their partners.


Coxswain Ian Cannon took the opportunity to present long service awards to two of the Ramsgate RNLI, Clive Nicholls and Lance Oram who have both achieved 20 years service.


The Commodore of the Royal Temple Yacht Club Andy Beaumont-Hope presented a photograph to the Coxswain, taken by local photographer Malcolm Kirkaldie, of both lifeboats taken during a storm in April this year.

29th September 2018

Tesco  Collection

Our hard working Fundraisers were collecting for RNLI Ramsgate at Tesco Manston yesterday 28th September and the total raised was a fantastic £546.08. Our sincere thanks to Tesco's generous costumers and the staff for making us feel so very welcome.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

21st September 2018



We at RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Station are getting very excited about our forthcoming Convoy Evening at Wetherspoon on 21st October 2018.


What is CONVOY we hear you ask! Convoy is a board game for 2-4 players created by Bernard Sparkes entrepreneur, creator and Managing Director of Convivium Services.  The game is a mix of Connect4 and a card game, easy to learn and devilishly cunning once mastered. One game is never enough, and the satisfying part is that each game is relatively quick. The idea came to Bernard four years ago at 3am in the morning and has been gaining a growing audience ever since.


Bernard came down to the station recently to meet the crew and teach some of them how to play. They were intrigued, caught on quickly and became extremely competitive. So come along and join us at the Royal Victoria Pavilion, Britain’s largest Wetherspoons on Sunday 21st October from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and see what the hype is all about. Not only that but there are superb prizes to be won generously donated by Bovy Tours, Stagecoach, DFDS, Comfort Inn and Stena Line.


The smiling face of the winner Neil.

16th September 2018


Ramsgate RNLI sent to the assistance of four children swept out to sea


On a warm afternoon, the Inshore lifeboat was called out by H.M. Coastguard to reports of four children on an inflatable Flamingo swept out to sea off Broadstairs Viking Bay.


On arrival at the scene the volunteer crew of the Claire and David Delves Inshore lifeboat found that a parent in an inflatable canoe had managed to reach the children, whilst another parent had swum out to assist. Two of the children were taken onboard the canoe and then the parent managed to tow the inflatable back to the shore, whilst the Inshore stood off in case it was required. Once everyone was safely ashore the crew returned to Station at Ramsgate.


When the sun is shining the beach is a great place to go however Blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea where they can easily be swept out. If you do use them at the beach, then:

  • ensure children are closely supervised
  • keep near the shore
  • only use between the red and yellow flags
  • follow the lifeguard’s advice
  • do not take out in big waves
  • never use them when orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea.


Photo by Steve Burton. ILB returning to base.

9th September 2018

Asda Collection

Our very hard working fundraisers were collecting at Asda Broadstairs yesterday 8th September as well as giving out valuable information about the RNLI and the Respect the Water campaign. £734.21 was raised, which is a fantastic total which will hugely assist RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat saving lives at sea. Sincere thanks to Asda for making us all feel so very welcome and to their very generous shoppers, it is all very much appreciated by everyone at RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.


Photo Sarah Hewes

29th August 2018

Presentation of  a donation from Chilton Lane East Side Allotments


This morning 29th August the station was pleased to meet Kaye and Paul Daniels from the Chilton Lane East Side Allotments who had come to present a cheque for £150 raised by a raffle during their annual social get together on 29th July.

Kaye and Paul are part of the Management Team for the allotments, as well as Margaret and Chas Cummins, and the allotments are thriving with a waiting list of over 40 people. In recent years they have won Gold in the Kent Wildlife Trust and for two years came runner up for the Best Allotment in a Kent.

They have built a Club lodge on the site, with grant money from K.C.C., Ramsgate Town Council and also Manston Airport when it was running. The Lodge is used to house a first aid kit, a wildlife notice board and tea and coffee, providing a meeting area for the community to get together. They have a beekeeper and hives on site, who gives talks on bees and all surplus produce is shared amongst the 133 strong community.

We asked them why they had chosen to support Ramsgate RNLI as in previous years all of their proceeds from the raffle had gone to Pilgrims Hospice and it was suggested by one of their members to split the proceeds this year between Pilgrims and ourselves, for which we are extremely grateful. In fact Kaye and Paul’s middle daughter Cori had been a Ramsgate Lifeguard.

You can follow them on Facebook on Chilton East Allotments.


Photo - Phill Mace, Mechanic, Paul and Kaye Daniels, Ian Cannon Coxswain in front of the Inshore Life Boat Claire’s and David Delves.

27th August 2018

Successful Street Collection

The Street Collection was a huge success realising a total of £824.88, many thanks indeed to the generous public of Ramsgate this will make a huge difference in helping us saving lives at sea.

Thank you so much to all our hard working Fundraisers & also to the Face 2 Face team for making this possible at times in not the kindest weather. A special thank you to our Collections Organiser for all his hard work, thanks Ray.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

27th August 2018

Junior Fishing Competition to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI interrupted by a shout!


Last Friday 24 August, RNLI Volunteer Jason Parrott and his wife Dawn held for the second year running a Junior Fishing Competition for children under the age of fifteen.


The previous year just over fifty children had competed but this year over sixty children took part, some of which had no fishing experience at all. Jason and Dawn have been working hard on this for over four months, and it has turned into a community event with eleven local fishing boats giving up their time, the Thanet Fishermans Association donating the fuel for all the boats, the 6th Ramsgate Sea Scouts lending the lifejackets, the local radio station broadcasting from the event, and many local small businesses providing the raffle and prizes. Every child was a winner with each one receiving a tee shirt and medal, a fishing rod or reel for competing as well as fishing tackle and a goodie bag, again all donated by small local companies. After a couple of hours fishing the children returned back to the Lifeboat station to be greeted by their families and for a free bbq and ice cream, and it was during the Prize Giving that the station was called out to a yacht in distress.

Each child had been asked to take a sponsorship form and raise a minimum of £10 each which would all go to the RNLI, in fact over £4500 was raised. When the pagers went off, the crew quietly and without fuss got changed and then launched the Inshore lifeboat and sped off to cheers from the assembled crowd.

Throughout the day the Water Safety Team got over their Sea Safety messages in a fun and informative way with the children shouting out the answers to simple quizzes about how to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. But the best example was the crew themselves launching the boat for a real emergency with the parents proudly explaining to their children how they were all volunteers and just how the money the children had raised would be used to save lives, and the pride on the children’s faces. Who knows, maybe there are some new crew volunteers amongst them, it will definitely be a day that they will remember for a long time.


Photo right - Jason Parrott with some excited children about to go fishing. Photo Karen Cox.

Photo left - More excited children ready to go off fishing. Photo by Karen Cox.

14th August 2018

Ramsgate RNLI long term supporter steps down after sixty four years service


Elsie Miller (nee Kirkaldie) attended her last RNLI Management Meeting this week as Honorary Secretary having supported the station for over sixty four years, however her family’s connections go even further back into Ramsgate’s past.


Her longest generational links with Ramsgate lifeboat starts with Stephen Penny who, in 1851, became second coxswain when the lifeboat Northumberland first arrived and went on to serve in the Ramsgate lifeboat for fifty-five years. In 1910 a relative of Stephen Penny, Douglas Kirkaldie, who was Elsie’s father,  joined the lifeboat crew after impressing Coxswain William Cooper when being taken out on a service when the lifeboat was short crewed.

Douglas Kirkaldie was appointed coxswain in 1946 and on 20 August 1952, just four months before he was due to retire, took the lifeboat Prudential eighteen miles off Ramsgate where the American Liberty ship SS Western Farmer had collided with the Norwegian tanker Bjorgholm. By the time the Prudential arrived the Western Farmer was beginning to break up and the Ramsgate and Dover lifeboats took off twenty-five crew members between them. However, as the lifeboats were leaving Coxswain Kirkaldie thought he saw something move on the deck of the American ship. He turned the lifeboat around and managed to pull another five survivors from the wreck in spite of the possibility that it could roll over onto the lifeboat at any moment. For this rescue Douglas Kirkaldie was awarded the RNLI’s Bronze Medal.

Elsie’s involvement with Ramsgate started at an extremely young age and in her own words below is her story,


“When I was 6 months old Ramsgate Lifeboat took part in the Water Gala in Ramsgate Harbour. My father Douglas Kirkaldie was second coxswain at the time and one of the crew “Moggy” Catt dressed in one of my mothers dresses and head scarf and carrying a doll the same size as me was “rescued” from a boat on fire. When the lifeboat came alongside the Dover Steps he switched places with my mother, Rene Kirkaldie who was hiding under the engine room canopy. She immerged carrying me and the cheers changed to mutterings. One of the audience shouted “You wicked woman, fancy putting that baby’s life in danger”. At this point Howard Knight, the Coxswain said “Moggy get out here quick with that doll”. Moggy came from under the canopy with the doll and the audience realised there had been a switch. The cheers resumed and all ended well.

Because of my young age I wasn’t very aware of RNLI shouts etc, and in 1939 with the onset of WWll the harbour was closed to the general public, so I didn’t know much of what went on. I knew my father was one of the lifeboat crew but not much else. When Ramsgate Harbour became HMS FERVENT my father was appointed coxswain of HM MB FERVENT and he had to stand down from the lifeboat for about two years. He then rejoined the crew and was appointed as bowman on the lifeboat.

October 1945 the ‘Prudential’ was called out to the yacht ‘Lavender’ with three men on board, aground on the Goodwin Sands. It was a difficult rescue, and the report states that all three men were landed safely. What it doesn’t say is that one of the survivors died in the night, and I came down to breakfast to find my father with tears running down his face. He explained about the rescue and how dangerous the Goodwin Sands are. My next rude awakening was 1946, when I was ten years old. The Mumbles lifeboat was lost with all hands, and seeing the pictures and report of the upturned lifeboat in the papers I said “but lifeboats don’t sink, lifeboat men don’t die”, and my father said “sometimes my dear they do”. This made an everlasting impression on me, and the work of the RNLI meant a lot more.

September 1954 the Ramsgate Ladies Lifeboat Guild was formed and my mother a founder member enrolled me. Because I was working full time I wasn’t able to do much but I did help when possible. I married in 1956 and my children were born 1957 and 1960.

In 1962 the Ladies Guild needed a new Honorary Secretary and I carried on until 1971 when my full time work made it difficult. I continued to help in the background where possible.

During my time with the Ladies Guild I introduced souvenirs and the sales of these grew over the years. Our first kiosk was opposite the Ladies Toilet in the Pier Yard. We also had a lot of help from the “Queens Head” on Harbour Parade, who sold souvenirs for us all year round. Souvenirs went from strength to strength and we eventually had a caravan in the Pier Yard. I had to stand down as Honorary Secretary in 1971 as pressure of my job made it difficult as the meetings were held in the afternoon.

In September 1985 I was asked to become Chairman of the Ladies Guild but had to stand down in 1986 when we had to move to Ashford. I was invited to join Ramsgate Station Committee in 1985 and was able to continue with this as the meetings were in the evenings.

Station Committee 1985 becoming Minutes Secretary 1986 to August 2018. I have had to stand down as minutes secretary due to health reasons, but I will continue on the Committee as a supporting member.”


In her usual modest way Elsie doesn’t mention that her commitment to Ramsgate RNLI meant that her husband John has driven her from Ashford every time there was a Committee Meeting since 1986, and she has attended numerous fund raising events. She has also been presented with the following awards during her time, RNLI Silver Badge in 2003 and the RNLI Gold badge in 2014.

The RNLI is a charity that relies entirely on public donations and without the support of dedicated people like Elsie we would be unable to continue with our role of saving lives at sea. She and her family are a brilliant example of how dedication to service can make a massive difference to people’s lives and the whole station wishes her a long and healthy retirement.

Many thanks to John Ray for allowing me to use extracts from his book ‘ The History of Ramsgate RNLI Station’.


Photo right - Elsie on the left, attending her last meeting, passing on her knowledge to our new Secretary Jean. Photo by Karen Cox.

Photo left - Elsie fund raising earlier this year in Wetherspoons Ramsgate. Photo by Sarah Hewes.

3rd August 2018

Saxons, Vikings and Norman’s organised challenge


Today our Station Press Oficer Karen Cox met up with Matt Wakefield a P.E. Teacher from St Georges School, Broadstairs. On September 1st he is taking part in the Saxons, Vikings and Norman’s organised challenge. He will be running from Pegwell Bay Nature Reserve to the Viking Ship which is a 3 mile loop, however he will continue running until he has run the equivalent of a marathon.

Matt has always admired the RNLI having had a boat with his father and growing up around the sea, which is why he has decided to raise the money for Ramsgate’s RNLI.

He started running at Christmas having joined the Coastal Striders and is now training for the marathon and running 4 times a week.

He has set up a donation page online, the link is below.


Photo by Karen Cox

1st August 2018

Ramsgate RNLI boats support Broadstairs Water Gala


On Wednesday 1st August the All-Weather Lifeboat Esme Anderson and the Inshore Lifeboat Clare and David Delves both attended the neighbouring town, Broadstairs’s ,Water Gala day.


The day is traditionally held on a Wednesday and started back in 1888 when it was called simply Water Sports, then n 1930 it’s name was changed to the Water Gala. All the local residents and tourists enjoy a full day of beach and sea based events which means that all the institutions involved in water safety get a chance to promote their services.

Our RNLI were out in force, with the Lifeguards showing off their skills, the face to face team engaging with the crowds, the Coastguards spreading the message to call 999 when in trouble, the RNLI shops selling their wares and the Lifeboat crew giving excited children and parents the chance to step onboard the Esme Anderson for a tour. The glorious weather meant that the beach was packed, and the queue to board the Lifeboat never seemed to reduce, in fact over six hundred people took the opportunity to tour the boat and chat with the volunteer helpers about their personal experiences of the RNLI near and far.

One story that stood out was a young mother with her two children, who told how six years ago whilst on holiday in Cornwall she had been caught in a rip tide and swept out to sea. She had been rescued by the life guards on duty that day but it had knocked her confidence and she would no longer go into the sea. However she was determined that her two young children would not share her fear of the sea, and had summoned up the courage to take them onboard the All-Weather Boat so that they would know and respect the work of the RNLI. Her two young boys aged 3 and 5 were so excited!


It was lovely to hear how much the local community appreciate the work that the volunteer crew do and everyone appreciated the interaction with the crew. When one of the crew took to the sea to demonstrate the safety message, float don’t swim, it was a very visual way of getting the message across.

Photo left - RNLI Beach lifeguard on his paddle board, RNLI crew member demonstrating the float not swim message with the Esme Anderson Lifeboat next to them. Photo by Karen Cox.


Photo right - Mayor of Broadstairs Paul Moore with Coxswain Ian Cannon on the Esme Anderson. Photo by Karen Cox.

27th July 2018

A presentation last night


Ramsgate RNLI celebrates thirty eight years close relationship with the local Yacht Club.


Yesterday evening 26 July during the Ramsgate Week festivities a presentation took place to mark Rod Oates retirement from his long years of service supporting Ramsgate RNLI.


Eric Burton, Chairman of Ramsgate RNLI explained how back in 1980 Rod Oates had been asked by Ron Cannon to join the crew, sadly due to work commitments Rod had to decline but instead he became the Royal Temple Yacht Club’s representative on the Management Committee and was instrumental in creating the close relationship we enjoy with them today.

Rod went on to become a trustee of the Yacht Club and is amongst their longest serving members. However with the passing of his close friend former Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain Ron Cannon MBE in January this year he felt that after 38 years it was time to step down from his role with the RNLI and enjoy his retirement.

He was taken completely unawares that a presentation on his behalf was to take place, having been invited up on the pretext of a Meet and Greet with an unnamed VIP, and was, for once, left speechless when he found himself to be the guest of honour. Paul Cannon, deputy Coxswain and Ron Cannon’s son was also there to give his congratulations and thanks. Rod was presented with a photograph of Ramsgate RNLI station at night.

Our thanks to the Royal Temple Yacht Club for allowing us to make this presentation during their busy regatta, and we would like to thank them for all their hard work fund raising for us during the year. As a charity we are entirely funded by public donations and every penny helps us to continue Saving Lives at Sea.

Photo - Rod Oates with Ramsgate RNLI Chairman Eric Burton, Ron Cannons son Paul Cannon deputy Coxswain, And Ray Noble RNLI fund raising and ex crew. Photo by Chris Cox

Issue 624 - Summer edition of the Lifeboat magazine has an article in regarding East Kent Catering College’s pupils visit to the station when they baked all sorts of goodies for the crew as part of their Community Week.

They are more than welcome to repeat it at any time as the food was gorgeous!



9th July 2018

Our hard working fundraisers were collecting at Asda Broadstairs Saturday 7th July as well as giving out information. £492.79 was raised, which is a fantastic total considering England were playing in the World Cup. Sincere thanks to Asda for making us all feel so very welcome and to their very generous shoppers.

2nd July 2018

Another view on Sundays shout


The weekends heatwave brings its own problems to Thanet’s RNLI.


On Saturday Ramsgate RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched to the assistance of eight people cut off by the tide, and on Sunday Margate and Ramsgate lifeboats were launched to the assistance of reports of fifty people cut off by the tide.


A representative for the RNLI who lives in Broadstairs and has lived by the seaside most of her life said this, ‘ I was discussing the weekends events with my thirty year old daughter who has lived here all her life and was amazed to discover that she was not aware that the tide came in and out at least twice in a twenty four hour period. So if someone who lives here is not aware of the dangers how can we expect people from inland who only visit the seaside on rare occasions to be aware. We are an island surrounded by water with 19,000 miles of coastline covered by our lifeboats and everyone should make themselves aware of the risks that are involved when spending time at the sea. However it appears that Sunday’s events were actually locals who knew exactly how high the tide would reach and had come prepared to be cut off by the tide and wait for the tide to ebb and then leave. The alarm was called by good intentioned onlookers who raised the alarm having seen they were cut off. ‘


Thankfully this weekend there were no casualties although it was a busy time for the combined agencies of RNLI, H.M. Coastguard and the Lifeguards. The RNLI will continue to provide safety education and would encourage people to take time to check tide tables and seek advise when spending a day on the beach.

Photo by Harry Hughes RNLI crew

25th June 2018

Ramsgate RNLI launched to injured fisherman


Sunday 24 June at 12.57 the All-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to recover a fisherman with severe Weever fish stings on his hands from a local angling boat.


When the lifeboat reached the fishing boat which was 5 miles off shore, the casualty was transferred onboard where he was given immediate medical attention. A crew member was then placed onboard the fisherman’s boat so that it could be brought back into the Harbour whilst the lifeboat returned immediately to Ramsgate Lifeboat station.


As luck would have it, the local Lifeguards were holding a first aid training session at the station and the tutor was able to make a quick assessment and offer advise. The advise for treatment of Weever Fish stings is to place the infected area into hot water as this extract from British Marine Life Study Society states.


‘ The venom is a type of protein and is heat labile. This means that the only treatment is to put the effected limb in water as hot as the victim can stand without causing scalding.’


He also said that Weever Fish stings are extremely common but they can also become serious if there is a bad reaction. A further extract from the Study explains how it can feel.


‘ Beware of a little (10 cm) sandy coloured fish that lives in the English Channel. It spends most of the time actually buried under the sea bed with just its venomous dorsal fin showing above the sandy bottom. On the rare occasions when it is plentiful, rows of erect black triangles decorate the sandy floor of the sea bed. Woe betide a bather who steps upon a buried fish. The pain is usually described as excruciating as the spines embed into the human flesh and discharge their venom. The pain is at its most intense for the first two hours when the foot goes red and swells up and is then it feels numb until the following day with irritation and pain that may last for up to two weeks. Sometimes, the spine breaks off in the foot and it will cause discomfort until it is removed.’

18th June 2018

Fund raising collection


Saturday 16th June our intrepid fundraisers were based in Westwood Cross shopping centre for the day.

The total raised was £341.40 and they were able to spread our key message - we are the Charity that Saves Lives at Sea.


Well done everyone involved and thank you to Ray Burton for taking the picture.

13th June 2018

Visit to the station by Sea Cadets


The station received a visit today from the Sea Cadets off T.S. Jack Petchy, pictured standing smartly to attention in front of the Inshore Lifeboat.

The T.S.Jack Petchy launched in 2010 and based in Gosport, is one of 2 Sea Cadets training boats that spend their time training crews of cadets for a week at a time. The second boat is the T.S.John Jerald which is currently around the Scottish coast.

The group of Sea Cadets are from Walton-on-Naze and consist of 3 young ladies and 8 young men ranging in ages from 12 to just under 18. Their duties throughout the week are to run a watch system, learn basic engineering and also catering. The experience is made all the more realistic as they are lucky enough to have a Royal Naval Lieutenant acting as Captain onboard, as well as 2 supervisors.

They were very pleased to be given a tour of the Boathouse by Coxswain Ian Cannon.

12th June 2018

Ramsgate RNLI chosen as a Super Hero


Meet Wade Emptage a young boy who chose to dress up as an RNLI person for his school’s Super Hero Day.


Wade is 6 years old and when his school, Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs, asked the children to dress up for Super Hero’s Day he had no hesitation on deciding who he wanted to be. He wanted to go as a member of the RNLI. The school has asked that they dress as real life hero’s not comic book ones and as Wade’s mother is a great supporter of the RNLI it seemed natural that he should dress up as a crew member complete with yellow wellies.

Wade’s mother has given us permission to post his picture as she supports the RNLI and everything that it stands for. Without people like Wade and his mum we cannot do our job as we rely entirely on donations from the public, so we think that Wade is our Super Hero too! Thank you Wade!

12th June 2018

An early start to the day for Ramsgate RNLI


On Monday 11 June at 05.33 the All-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched to the assistance of a 31ft yacht with engine failure near the North East Goodwin buoy off Ramsgate.

Once on the scene the crew of the yacht were requested to pull their anchor up, but they were unable to do so as it was stuck too firmly. The All-weather boat crew then asked the crew to loop the tow rope around their anchor chain, which enabled the lifeboat to pull the anchor free from the sea bed, which allowed the casualty to retrieve their anchor. Once this was completed the Esme Anderson was then able to tow the yacht safely into harbour.

What appears to be a simple thing shows the expertise and experience of the crew of the RNLI in handling these situations. In 2015 alone there were 818 RNLI lifeboat launches nationally to yachts alone and that number increases as Yachting becomes more popular. If you are taking to the seas always carry a means of calling for help and ensure everyone onboard knows how to use it.

24th May 2018

Mayday Appeal and Yellow Welly Rally


On Tuesday 22 May, Ramsgate RNLI took delivery of the iconic symbol of the charity's Mayday Appeal - the Yellow Welly - from the Walmer RNLI crew when it was delivered by the neighbouring station by water using a rib.

The following day, Wednesday 23 May, the Ramsgate crew cycled it around the seafront on a party bike borrowed from Coco Latino, a local bar, to the Ramsgate Tunnels where it was handed over to the Broadstairs Lifeguards to continue its journey around the coast to Margate RNLI Station.


After a very welcome cup of tea at the Tunnels to warm them up as it was raining and cold the crew then cycled the partybike back to the station much to the amusement of people passing by.


So what is the Mayday Appeal? Mayday is our yellow-themed annual fundraiser, which runs from 1-31 May. It’s a celebration of our volunteer lifeboat crews, who are on call 24 hours a day, every day, to save lives at sea.


This year, we want to raise £750,000* to fund the vital kit that will keep them safe, whatever the weather throws at them. Will you help us by raising money this Mayday?


*Any funds raised over our £750,000 target will go towards funding our lifesaving work around the UK and Ireland.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

23rd May 2018

Then there were three!


The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that we had 3 lifeboats moored alongside the Station today.

The relief lifeboat was put into the water to go on relief duty at Margate whilst their boat is off to Great Yarmouth on Saturday leaving from Ramsgate.

In order from left to right Ramsgate lifeboat Esme Anderson (14-02), Margate lifeboat (12-20) is Leonard Kent, the Relief Lifeboat (12-005) is Lady of Hilbre.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

21st May 2018

Ramsgate RNLI crew member celebrates birth of his son


Volunteer crew member Harry Hughes is hoping his newborn son will follow in his footsteps and join the RNLI at Ramsgate.


Last month I reported on Harry’s proposal to his pregnant girlfriend Kerry which took place during a routine exercise. Kerry had been taken to the beach on a pretext of a sunny evening walk by her friends and Harry had arranged for a banner asking her to marry him to be unfurled as the Inshore lifeboat approached Ramsgate’s main sands. He then waded ashore and dropped to one knee to ask a very surprised Kerry to marry him.

We are happy to announce that Kerry gave birth to a lovely boy on 9 May weighing 7.6lbs who they have called Theodore Dean Roy Hughes. I managed to catch up with them at the Ramsgate RNLI station where Harry told me of his hopes that Theo will follow in his footsteps and join the RNLI. They have already coordinated the pram with the yellow welly theme as it is bright yellow and they are hoping to get some yellow wellies for Theo as soon as they can find some small enough!

The RNLI is a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea, and relies entirely on donations from the public and volunteers like Harry.

15th May 2018

Opening of Broadstairs RNLI kiosk


Thank you to everybody who attended the Grand Opening of the refurbished RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk. Tatti McNally, Visitor Experience Manager - South East invited James Uren, Area Lifesaving Manager to cut the ribbon. Thank you to the Broadstairs Sailing Club for facilitating the refreshments afterwards.

15th May 2018

Today’s shout


This morning 15th May at 9.46am the All Weather Lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched to the assistance of a racing yacht.

The skipper of yacht Skullduggery Don Rawing and his six crew from Burnham Sailing Club were so grateful to the volunteer RNLI crew that they wanted to personally express their thanks and give an interview.

They had been competing in the North Sea Regatta last weekend racing from Harwich to Scheveningen in Holland on 11th May and due to fog had been delayed in leaving until last night bound for Burnham in Essex. Due to building winds, with high waves and having taken on some water leaving them with just a hand held radio, handheld GPS and paper charts they called up H.M Coastguard and asked for assistance. The tides were against them and they had been blown off course and the water on board made steerage difficult.

It’s unusual for a Local Press Officer to name a distressed vessel but they were so grateful that they had brought presents for the crew round to the Boat House and wanted to tell their story, and were even willing to pose for a picture.

Photo - The crew of the yacht with gifts for the crew to enjoy, once they are off duty. By Karen Cox

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