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12th September 2016


Award presentations


Members of the crew, fundraisers and management team and their families joined together at the boathouse in Sunday afternoon’s glorious sunshine to enjoy a barbecue and congratulate three of their colleagues who received RNLI service awards.

Pictured (l-r) are Harvey Cole, who was retiring from the crew after 15 years’ service, Ron Cannon who joined the crew in 1964 and was retiring after 51 years of service which included 25 years as cox’n and, latterly, the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager and Neil Morgan who was retiring as ILB crew but will be continuing as crew on the ALB.

Congratulations to all three!

18th July 2016


Jodie's Channel swim


Many congratulations to our crew member Jodie Winch (pictured 2nd. left) who successfully swam the Channel in a team with four others, Gail Crompton, Samantha Evans, Sharon Robinson and Anne Shepherd on Saturday last. They made the crossing in 15hrs. 50mins. in difficult conditions and Jodie was sponsored to raise money for Ramsgate RNLI.

Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2017

Featuring Ramsgate Lifeboats Past & Present

£5.00 each

Available from the Ramsgate Lifeboat Shop – Customs House, Ramsgate
& the Broadstairs Kiosk.

Also available on eBay, delcampe & eBid

Also available from the Ramsgate Lifeboat Shop are the Ramsgate Lifeboat range of Postcards – 50p each & the paperback Ramsgate Lifeboat Station by John & Vanessa Ray - £8.95

11th July 2016


Sainsbury Westwood Cross Charity of the year


Many thanks to everyone that voted online and in store to help us win the Sainsbury Westwood Cross Charity of the year vote. We look forward to joining with Sainsbury staff and customers in a year of fundraising activities.


We would also like to thank Marks and Spencer Westwood Cross staff for choosing us as their Charity of the year and giving us the opportunity to spread the sea safety message and hold collections at the store.

4th July 2016


Congratulations and thanks from Ramsgate RNLI


All at Ramsgate lifeboat station wish to congratulate two of their crew members, Jason Crome (left) and Sam Jenkins (right), for their recent attainments and thank their local Marks and Spencers store for their considerable support.


Jason, who owns a Ramsgate seafront restaurant/bar and was enrolled as a crew member in November 2013, was recently ‘passed out’ as an ILB helmsman. Sam, who works for the RNLI as a service technician based at their Ramsgate depot and was enrolled as a crew member in June 2012, was ‘passed out’ as mechanic for the station’s Trent class lifeboat.


All at Ramsgate RNLI would also like to thank the management and staff at the nearby Marks and Spencers store at Westwood Cross shopping centre for selecting the station as its charity for the year. As well as staff raising money for the RNLI this will also enable the branch fundraisers to spend two days each month collecting within the store - the first such event raising over £500.

Photos Steve Burton

13th June 2016


Local Sainsburys charity


Ramsgate RNLI has been short-listed as one of three local charities that could become Westwood Sainsburys’ Charity of the Year. The final selection will be made by customers/the public so please will you and your family and friends vote for us!

Votes can be cast this week in store with the orange tokens given when you shop. Just place them in the RNLI compartment of the display box at the front of the store as you leave. Alternatively, you can vote on line at -

Voting starts today - Monday 13th June 2016!!

21st April 2016


Walmer and Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat volunteers called to capsized angling boat


Walmer and Ramsgate RNLI volunteer crews were paged during the early evening of Tuesday 19 April to reports of a capsized angling boat with two people in the water, just north of Deal pier.


Walmer's Atlantic 85 and the new D class inshore lifeboats launched and began a search for the 18ft vessel. Both of Ramsgate RNLI's all-weather Trent and inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboats also launched to take part in the search.


The lifeboat crews were able to establish that a teenage boy, who was one of the two people originally on-board, had managed to swim ashore and raise the alarm.


Walmer’s RNLI crew soon located the second angler, a man in his forties, and took him ashore where he was handed into the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service. He was then flown in the Costaguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd to William Harvey hospital in Ashford.

12th April 2016


Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat crew need your help!


Following some retirements and resignations due to relocation Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat station, situated in the town’s Outer Harbour, is currently seeking new volunteers to join its crew.


The lifeboat station is appealing to men and women who are aged between 17* and 60 years of age, physically fit and live and/or work nearby to consider becoming a volunteer lifeboat crew member and potentially save lives for years to come.


Volunteer crew members make a huge commitment to train and be available to go on rescues, but the reward is becoming part of a hugely reputable organisation, and a whole new social group.


Indeed, the RNLI charity has relied on volunteers to crew its lifeboats since 1824,and today has some 4,700 volunteer crew members.


The reason prospective crew members need to live and/or work near the town is because a crew member must normally be able to reach the lifeboat station within 10 minutes of an alert via the crew pager.


Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain, Ian Cannon, said: ‘Sometimes people read that the RNLI is on the lookout for more crew members, but they immediately discount the idea because they don’t feel they have any or enough relevant maritime experience.


‘What they don’t realise is that nowadays only one in ten lifeboat crew members has a maritime background. For instance, on the Ramsgate crew we currently have people carrying out a variety of jobs including an electrician, gas engineer, publican and estate agent – it makes for a real community feel but also means anyone with the right attitude can get involved.


‘Being a volunteer lifeboat crew member can be hugely rewarding as you get to help a lifesaving cause. The crew training provided by the RNLI charity is second to none and all you really need is to be keen, enthusiastic and willing to commit to the cause.’


Anyone interested in finding out more about the opportunity to be a lifeboat crew member should send their details for the attention of Ian via the web sites contact page.


Photo Clive Lawford

20th February 2016


Service Call 9


On Friday 4 March at 9:20am the all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched to the assistance of a Polish three-masted sailing vessel with a person on board reported to have had a heart attack, 22 NM NE of Ramsgate. At the same time rescue 163 (Coastguard SAR Helicopter) was tasked to the same casualty, but the lifeboat was requested to continue and stand by in case rescue 163 was unable to winch to and from the casualty. Once the winching from the sailing vessel was completed the AWB returned to station

Photo Phil Mace



  Please click here to see a video from the service taken by crew member John-paul Woodward

27th February 2016


A few photos from today’s exercise with the Coastguard helicopter



Photos Steve Burton

20th February 2016


Dutch lifeboat visit


The Dutch lifeboat 'Antoinette', based at Stellendam in the Netherlands, called in at Ramsgate lifeboat station for a break whilst on a shake down trip across the Channel following a recent refit.

Photos Sarah Hewes

1st February 2016


Ramsgate RNLI help Upton School with swimming pool repair


Ramsgate lifeboat cox’n Ian Cannon was approached by crew member Neil Morgan on behalf of Upton Junior School, Broadstairs for help in pumping out the school’s swimming pool which was to undergo repair.


The school was one of very few in the area that had its own pool and consequently also provided swimming opportunities for other local schools and youth groups over many years. The pool had recently been found to be in need of extensive repairs and much local fundraising was taking place to facilitate this. Unfortunately, one of the things not working was the internal electrics to empty the pool.


In view of the reserve Mersey class lifeboat (RNLB Margaret Jean 12-21) currently being kept and maintained at Ramsgate Cox’n Cannon thought it may be possible to use its salvage pump to empty the pool. Having sought permission from District Operations Manager Alan Head, which was readily agreed. Ian and crew members delivered the pump to the school on Monday 1 February where they were greeted by Deputy Head Dave Walker and Year 6 pupils and the pool pump out began.

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 Ramsgate Lifeboat Calendar 2017

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1st February 2016


Good Fundraising Result


The Ramsgate and Broadstairs Lifeboat Fundraisers wish to thank the management and staff of Sainsbury’s, Westwood for allowing us to collect in their store on Saturday, 30 January and all who donated achieving the excellent total of £811.12.


The group are also looking for more people to help in the RNLI kiosk in Harbour Street, Broadstairs during the summer season to enable it to be open on a longer and more regular basis. If you can help, even for the occasional couple of hours, or would like to know more, please contact Michael Bon on 01843 861253.

29th January 2016


Lifeboat Operations Manager retires


Ron Cannon, our Lifeboat Operations Manager, retired on the 27th January 2016 after 52 years serving with the RNLI.


Ron joined the institution in 1964 as an AWB crewmember, then progressed to Bowman, followed by 2nd Coxswain, before becoming the station Coxswain/Mechanic when our Waveney class AWB came on station in 1976.


Ron remained Coxswain/Mechanic until his retirement in 2001, and continued for a short while as a Deputy Launching Authority, then the LOM.


Ron has received many awards in his time with the institution including 2 RNLI silver medals.


Ron will be carrying on his involvement with the station as a member of the Branch Committee.


Those of us who have served and worked alongside Ron would like to thank him for his commitment to the station and the RNLI.


We are pleased to have Ray Noble as our new LOM. Ray served for many years aboard 3 different classes of AWB at Ramsgate, starting on the Waveney Class, and was also a Helmsman on our ILB's, before retiring and becoming a DLA.

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