19th June 2019
Ramsgate RNLI prove they're not stick in the muds!
On Saturday 15 June Ramsgate RNLI were called to a fourteen year old girl stuck in the mud in Ramsgate Harbour.
The alarm was raised by a crew member who was walking along the pontoon and saw the girl in difficulties in the mud. She had ventured down from the crosswall as part of a school project and found herself stuck and the more she struggled the worse it became. She was up to her knees in the mud when the harbour’s Dock Masters threw a life jacket down to her and told her to lie down to try to stop her from sinking further.
Thankfully due to the proximity of the Lifeboat Station the crew launched the XP boat, which is a small inflatable lifeboat carried on the all weather boat to get in close to casualties, and improvised using the spare stretcher from the station and a stretcher from a wind farm vessel to gain access to the girl.
Two of the volunteer crew made their way to the girl from ashore, literally lying down and pulling themselves across the mud and got her onto one of the stretchers. She was then pulled by the crew across the mud during which the toggle on the lifejacket got caught and inflated causing a moment of light relief and then onto the waiting XP boat and transferred to the western pontoon.
Once ashore she was handed over to the awaiting ambulance along with one of the crew who had ingested some of the mud and was feeling unwell. All were thankfully found to be ok with no lasting problems.
Caroline Hoyal, one of the crew members attending her said afterwards: 'She was so brave, and remained calm throughout. I’m not sure if I could have been so brave at that age under those circumstances. However she was extremely lucky that someone was around to raise the alarm, this could have had a very different ending. This is a working harbour and the mud is a dangerous place to be'.
'This story could so easily have had a different outcome if the young girl had ventured onto the mud an hour later with a fast incoming tide, and hadn’t been spotted, but thankfully the crew were in the right place at the right time'.