Ramsgate Lifeboat
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The RNLI exists to save lives at sea and is wholly supported by voluntary contributions.

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Latest News

11th November 2019
We are always hugely proud of our crew and the work they do but this weekend in particular we would like to mention Becky Cannon and Phill Mace.

Becky was invited to form the Carpet Guard for the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Albert Hall for the Remembrance Festival. She was representing Royal Navy Sea Scouts as it’s 100 years since Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts started. This was due to her commitment and work for the RN Sea Scouts scheme. She has grown up and worked her way up through the scheme, and volunteered on HMS Bristol to help run the camps for other Scouts working their way through it.

Phil our mechanic was picked to represent our region, London and South East and was invited to march with seven other RNLI representatives past the Cenotaph in London in the presence of the Royal Family.

Needless to say we are extremely proud of them both.

Armistice Day, also know as Remembrance Day, Monday 11 November 2019 marks one hundred years since the two minute silence was first observed in 1919, to commemorate the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany to end the First World War.

Although many RNLI volunteers have been attending events around the country it wasn't until 2016 that the RNLI were invited for the first time to take part in the service at the Cenotaph in London.

This is especially poignant to the crew of Ramsgate RNLI as the town played a large part in the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940, when twenty RNLI lifeboats were amongst the seven hundred private boats that sailed from the town as part of Operation Dynamo to rescue 338,000 British and French soldiers trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk during the Second World War.
Becky is on the far left
Photos of the Remembrance Service from the BBC
11th November 2019
Our local Marks & Spencer at Westwood Cross, Broadstairs have been kindly supplying us with empty jam pots in support of the Betty's 5p Pots scheme all year so we were delighted to invite James, the local Charity Co-ordinator and Food Hall Supervisor from our local Marks & Spencer to the Lifeboat Station for a tour so that he can take back first hand how the money being raised is being used. So far the Betty’s 5p Pots scheme in this area has raised in excess of £1200 for Ramsgate RNLI.

The idea for Betty’s 5p Pots first came from Betty Frith, who was the Honorary Treasurer for over 20 years at the Hertford branch of the (RNLI). Sadly Mrs Frith passed away, but her legacy has lived on.

Sincere thanks to the Crew for allowing the visit and to our Visits team for making the visit so informative for James.
Ray, retired crew member showing James around the Lifeboat Esme Anderson.

Photo by Sarah Hewes
28th October 2019
Three launches in 24 hours for RAMSGATE RNLI
The morning of 24 October saw the start of a busy twenty four hour period when Ramsgate RNLI volunteer crew launched to three separate incidents.

The first launch was just after 4 am when the lifeboat was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a fourteen meter yacht with engine failure, three miles East of North Foreland. Once on scene the all-weather boat Esme Anderson passed a line to the two sailors onboard and once secure they towed the casualty into Ramsgate.

At 3.48 pm on the same day the inshore lifeboat Clare and David Delves was launched at the request of the Coastguard after a report of a windsurfer in difficulty off the Ramsgate main beach had been made by a member of the public. The experienced windsurfer had been enjoying the waves when the wind direction suddenly changed sweeping him out to sea. He was struggling to get back to shore. Once on scene the Volunteer crew found the windsurfer had managed to reach shallow water and made his own way ashore. After he was checked out by the Coastguard mobile unit, the Inshore lifeboat returned to Ramsgate RNLI station.

The third launch was in the early hours of 25 October after Walmer Lifeboat Donald McLauchlan, an Atlantic 85, was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a yacht aground on the South Goodwin Sands, and Ramsgate’s all-weather boat was later asked to give assistance.

The initial launch was at 3.10 am when a twenty five meter yacht with one person onboard had run aground on the treacherous sands. Stuck on a falling tide the yacht was laid over on its side with the owner trapped onboard and the yacht was filling with water. With no way of reaching the yacht the decision was taken by HM Coastguard to launch a helicopter to rescue him and he was flown to shore.

Walmer RNLI returned to base to change crew and then went back out to recover the yacht and assistance was requested from Ramsgate’s all-weather boat. The weather conditions were calm at Force 2 but breaking waves on the sands had pushed the yacht over a sand bar and into deeper water and with the tide now rising the yacht was afloat.

The Walmer Lifeboat transferred two of their crew aboard the yacht to assist with attaching a tow line and to assess for any damage, and then passed a line to the Esme Anderson so that they could tow the yacht back to the safety of Ramsgate Harbour with the Walmer Lifeboat escorting. Once inside Ramsgate Harbour the tow was transferred to Walmer Lifeboat who berthed the yacht onto a pontoon, allowing the Ramsgate Boat to return to station.

Coxswain of RAMSGATE Ian Cannon said ‘A busy day for our volunteer crew working alongside other teams to bring about a good outcome. In 2018 there were 8964 launches in the UK and Ireland, with 26 people on average per day aided. This service is entirely funded by donations from the public, without which we could not continue our role to save lives at sea. If you see someone in trouble, stay safe and call the Coastguard on 999.’
Photos Mark Stanford
21st October 2019

Many thanks to all at the Royal Albion Hotel In Broadstairs for letting the RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk have a Christmas Stall on Saturday 19th October.  Takings were £40.50, however if you missed this one they will be back at the Royal Albion Hotel on 9th November.

21st October 2019

Our Fundraisers were on Collection Day duty at Asda Broadstairs for the second time this year on Saturday 19th October. A total of £576.60 was raised for RNLI Ramsgate. Sincere thanks to all at Asda for making us feel so very welcome and to their extremely generous customers.

Photo by Sarah Hewes
10th October 2019

We were privileged to have been made the Charity of the Year by the Viking Ship Café for 2019. Now that the Café is closed for the season this has now come to an end. £247.21 was raised and we are very grateful to Andy and Debra and all their customers as the money raised will help us continue saving lives at sea.
Photo by Sarah Hewes
News Archive

Recent Launches

Service Call 58
29th October @ 17:24 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a 10 year old child missing between Ramsgate Main sands and Dumpton Gap. The ILB carried out an extensive search utilising white illuminating flares, along with mobile Coastguard units covering the shore. After 40 minutes into the search it was reported and confirmed that the child was safely shore. ILB returned to station.
Service Call 57
25th October @ 05:20 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist Walmer Lifeboat who had been on scene since 02:00, with a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands, East of Walmer Lifeboat Station. As the crew of the yacht had been taken off by UK Coastguard helicopter, the Walmer Lifeboat transferred 2 of their crew aboard the yacht to assist with attaching a tow line and assess for any damage. By this time the yacht had re-floated and after having attached the line the Ramsgate AWB then towed the casualty to Ramsgate with Walmer Lifeboat escorting. Once inside Ramsgate Harbour the tow was transferred to Walmer Lifeboat who berthed the casualty onto a pontoon, allowing Ramsgate AWB to returned to station.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 56
24th October @ 15:48 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard after a report of a kit surfer in difficulty off the Ramsgate main beach. On scene the ILB crew found the kite surfer had managed to reach shallow water and made his own way ashore. After he was checked out by UK Coastguard mobile unit, the ILB returned to station.
Service Call 55
24th October @ 04:15 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 14m yacht with engine failure. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate.
Service Call 53 & 54
2nd October @ 12:27 Both boats launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a young child in the water at Broadstairs. ILB arrived on scene, just as the child was being recovered from the water by the police. The ILB offered assistance with casualty care but were not required as the police had it all under control. Both boats then returned to station.
Service Call 52
30th September @ 11:46 ILB launched to 2 persons cut off by the tide near Stone Bay. On scene the ILB attempted to veer in twice but found the anchor would not hold, so decided to get in as close as possible and put a crew member in the water who then made his way to the casualties. Once casualties were fitted with lifejackets the ILB made a second approach allowing the casualty to make her way to the boat with the assistance of the crewman who was in the water. Crewman then returned to the second casualty and once the ILB was close enough inshore, made his way back to the boat with the second casualty. The ILB then returned to station with the 2 casualties where they were able to get out of their wet clothes and dry themselves. Casualties were then fitted with bear suits whilst their clothes were drying in the station dryer.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Archive

Fundraising Events

Christmas Stall at the Pavilion
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Pavilion
Harbour Street, Broadstairs

The RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk Volunteers will be selling Christmas Cards, Calendars, Diaries & other souvenirs.
Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat
Saturday, 16th November 2019 at 7 PM - 10 PM

Christchurch Junior School

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

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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