Ramsgate Lifeboat
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Latest News

8th August 2019
A visit from David Appleby from Plymouth
This afternoon we had a visitor to the Station, Lifeboat enthusiast David Appleby originally from Salcombe and now residing in Plymouth,Devon. Having retired from work due to health issues 18 years ago and finding time on his hands, and approaching 70 years old, he started visiting lifeboat stations 18 months ago with the intention of visiting every station. He’s doing well having visited 161 out of 238 stations so far.

A great character he explained that his passions in life were the RNLI, driving and a love for red wine, although not at the same time as driving! So every month when he receives his pension he fills the car up with petrol and sets off to visit a Lifeboat station all over the length and breadth of the UK. Since starting 18 months ago he has clocked up over 28,000 miles in the car plus another 8000 for journeys across to France. Today he had driven from Devon, already visited Sheerness, and after leaving us was in his way to Walmer and Dover RNLI.

Chatting with him, it’s obvious that he has great passion for the sea, having been a shipwright in the past for Princess Yachts. With a great sense of humour and understanding of the sea, he has made many friends along his way and we wish him every success in achieving his goal!
31st July 2019

This morning the volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI attended Broadstairs Water Gala, continuing a tradition started in the 1970’s.

Sadly the sea was too rough to allow the public onto the all weather boat but they still pulled on the crowds with one mother saying, “how lovely it was to see there are still good people willing to help others”

There was much amusement in the crowds as the crew of the inshore lifeboat had to swim ashore as they were unable to moor up alongside the all weather boat due to the swell, especially when a life jacket inflated.

Thank you to Broadstairs Sailing Club for providing refreshments to the crew, much appreciated.
22nd July 2019

Thank you so much to the staff and customers of Wetherspoons for a fantastic weekend collecting there for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat. On Sunday £361.63 was raised making a grand total for the weekend of £714.15 Many thanks to all our hard working fundraisers for giving up their time and to Ray for his superb organisation.
12th July 2019

On Wednesday 10 July at 12:04pm the All-weather Lifeboat was launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a yacht on fire with a view to towing it back to Ramsgate.

Whilst the “Esme Anderson” made its way to the casualty the North East Spit Pilot Launch passing by saw the vessel alight and headed in its direction. The pilot boat then retrieved the family of three male adults and one teenager from their liferaft, took them aboard, along with their liferaft, and brought them back to Ramsgate.

Also during this time a wind farm vessel called “Typhoon Tow” had arrived on scene and using their fire hose, attempted to put the fire out. Once the all-weather boat arrived on scene the volunteer RNLI crew set up two further fire hoses and assisted in trying to put the fire out. After about three quarters hour of hosing the vessel down which was still burning in some areas, it took on sea water, as the level of the hull had burnt to the sea level and sank, fortunately into water deep enough to not cause any issues to other passing boats.

The obviously shaken family were welcomed with a cup of tea at the RNLI station where they explained that it was their maiden voyage in their yacht having collected it from Ipswich with the intention of a family holiday sailing it around the South coast and back to their home in the North of England. The fire had occurred when they switched the engine off, six miles off the North Foreland with the intention of putting the sails up to go sailing. The experienced crew on the yacht, who were all wearing life jackets, called Mayday then attempted to fight the fire with the two onboard fire extinguishers but realised that they were unable to contain it so launched their life raft and evacuated the yacht. They weren’t in it for long before the passing pilot boat spotted the smoke and came to assist. Fortunately the sea state was calm and so they were able to take the life raft as well as the family onboard.

In this instance everyone was safe but Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain Ian Cannon explained that the RNLI are unable to tow a burning yacht or bring one into a harbour which is why they attempted to put the fire out at sea. He added, “ when sailing always wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid, ensure everyone onboard knows how to call for help, get appropriate training and check your engine and fuel before every trip.”
Photo taken from onboard the Esme Anderson by Coxswain Ian Cannon
1st July 2019

It was glorious sunshine on Sunday 30th June, just perfect weather for our annual Croquet event at the Ramsgate Croquet Club. The event raised a fabulous £515.50, thank you so much to everybody who came to make this event such a success.
Sincere thanks to the Ramsgate Croquet Club for their wonderful hospitality and Tesco Westwood for their very generous Raffle Prize. And it was wonderful to have the Ramsgate Princess’s join us too!
Photo by Sarah Hewes
30th June 2019

Saturday 29th June marked the 20th Anniversary of the RAMSGATE RNLI’s website which was set up by Clive Lawford, one of our unsung hero’s who gives his time up freely for the station.

Many of you may know him as he was originally from Broadstairs, but I’m sure a lot of you won’t as he now lives in Norway with his family, from where he works tirelessly updating our website which has under gone its latest transformation only recently.  Below in his own words is a brief history of our website...

“In 1999 I was setting up my family history site "Clive's Family History Bookshelf" and at the same time I decided to make a page using the photos I had of the Ramsgate (England) Waveney class lifeboat 44-016 the "Ralph and Joy Swann". I had taken the photos to help me build a model of the 40-016, which I had chosen as a project at the Medway College of Design, where I was studying Industrial Modelmaking. I guess that my interest in the lifeboat service must stem from my father who was Deputy Launching Officer at Ramsgate for over 21 years.

Before long my page had turned into a site and my family history site had to be shelved. The next job was to find a title and "44-016 Ex Ramsgate Lifeboat" is what I decided on.

At this stage the site also included information on other Ramsgate lifeboats but after discussion with the Hon. Sec. at the Ramsgate branch of the RNLI, I was given permission to use this information as a basis for a "Ramsgate Lifeboat" web site.
It is quite often a surprise to people who write to me to find that I live in Norway. I was brought up in a place called Broadstairs, which borders on to Ramsgate. After my work had taken me to various places in England, I moved to Norway in 1986. It is perhaps no less of a surprise to me that the geographical area in which I live doesn't cause me any problems with my work on the site.”

Here’s to the next 20 years!
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Recent Launches

Service Call 41
17th August @ 21:56 ILB was requested to assist a small dinghy with engine failure, which was assisting with the search from Service Call 40. Once sufficient depth of water was achieved the ILB recovered the dinghy and towed it to safety.
Service Call 40
17th August @ 14:11 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency search for a missing 6 year old who had fallen in the river Stour near Richborough. The ILB carried out an extensive search, with 3 crew changes during the night, returning to station at 01:00 Sunday morning. The ILB relaunched at 04:30 Sunday morning and continued the search, again changing crew 3 times, until a multi-agency decission was made to return the ILB at 17:00.
Service Call 39
12th August @ 17:32 ILB launched to the assistance of a small yacht aground on the Quern Bank. ILB arrived on scene, attached a line and towed the casualty into deeper water. Once happy tha the casualty vessel was ok, the ILB released the tow and escorted the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour and assisted in mooring along side a pontoon.
Service Call 38
11th August @ 15:39 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 6m yacht with two persons on board, both severely sea sick just off the harbour entrance. On scene, one of the ILB crew went aboard the casualty vessel and skippered it into Ramsgate harbour under its own power and berthed it on a pontoon.
Service Call 37
9th August @ 13:15 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard for assistance.
Service Call 36
8th August @ 14:17 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 6m yacht with failed steering reportedly 2 miles South of Ramsgate harbour. ILB checked the area thoroughly and asked the Coastguard for confirmation of the position. The ILB then started making its way down towards Deal and found the casualty 1 mile from Deal Pier, where they attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate harbour.
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Fundraising Events

Fish Supper
Saturday, 28th September 2019 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Ramsgate Lifeboat Station
Western Crosswall, Ramsgate

Our Annual Fish Supper in support of the RNLI Fish Supper Campaign.

Tickets £10, bring your own drinks, please contact us here to obtain tickets and with any special dietary requirements. Raffle. Entertainment will be the very popular Greyhound Buskers, back by popular demand.
Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat
Saturday, 16th November 2019 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Christchurch Junior School
Ramsgate

Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat. Tickets £6, Teams of up to 8. Raffle.

Please contact us here to obtain tickets.
RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Carol Service
Saturday, 14th December 2019 at 2 PM - 3 PM

St George's Church Ramsgate
Ramsgate

Due to the enormous turn out at last years Carol Service we have had to change the location to St. George's Church. Same style service, please come and join us again this year. The Church's Christmas Tree Festival will also be on at the same time. RNLI Ramsgate will again be partaking in the Festival so please take time to see our tree along with all the other fantastic trees.

At the end of the Service there will be a collection for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat.

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