Ramsgate Lifeboat
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This is the official web site for the RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat Station.

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

We hope that you will enjoy your visit.

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Latest News

13th June 2019

At 10.30am today, our volunteers and staff across the UK and Ireland joined the French community in remembering the three Les Sauveteurs en Mer - SNSM rescue crew members who tragically lost their lives last week.

The French President Emmanuel Macron attended a gathering at Les Sables-d’Olonne, the location where the rescue boat capsized. A minute’s silence was held, followed by the maritime community sounding its foghorns around the French coast. In solidarity, our lifeboat stations and lifeguard units lowered their flags to half-mast as a mark of respect and at our Support Centre in Poole staff members, led by Community Lifesaving Director John Payne, observed the silence at the RNLI Memorial Sculpture.

Our Chief Executive Mark Dowie said: ‘The news of this tragedy has been a shock to all of us in the lifesaving family and is a reminder of just how dangerous the sea can be. Our thoughts and condolences continue to be with all of those involved and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our French lifesaving colleagues.’

The three crew members were onboard a rescue boat that had gone to the aid of a fishing vessel, which had got into difficulty in winds of up to 80mph during Storm Miguel. Tragically, the rescue boat succumbed to the conditions and was capsized. Four of their fellow crew members managed to make it to shore. Sadly, the fisherman they were trying rescue is also missing.

Images are from the boathouse of the crew from Ramsgate RNLI taken by Sarah Hewes.
5th June 2019
Mayday Appeal

The Mayday Campaign is over for another year. We at RNLI Ramsgate are delighted with how all of our supporters have done their bit to fund our kit. Our collection days at Wetherspoons raised £802.90, the coffee morning at the Lifeboat Station raised £493.47 & the Mayday Badges and Collection Boxes raised £271.65 making a fantastic grand total of £1,568.00

Many thanks to RNLI Ramsgate Shop, RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk, Mariners Bar and the Royal Temple Yacht Club for hosting boxes of Mayday Badges and sincere thanks to everyone who so kindly supported the campaign in any way at all.

Photo by Sarah Hewes
8th May 2019
RNLI RAMSGATE Mayday Collection

Mayday is the RNLI’s yellow-themed annual fundraising campaign, 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, the RNLI’s aim is to raise £700,000 nationally to fund the vital kit that protects them in all weathers.

Ramsgate RNLI’s fundraisers have been doing their bit by holding a two day Mayday Collection  at Wetherspoons in Ramsgate which took place over the 5th and 6th May.  The first day raised £405.03, and the second Mayday Collection Day raised £428.67 making a magnificent total of £833.70 for the weekend.

Sincere thanks to all our Fundraisers, the Staff at Wetherspoons who made us feel so very welcome and to their very generous customers.
Photo by Sarah Hewes
5th May 2019

Volunteers from the Ramsgate RNLI crew rescued three people onboard a yacht which had broken down half a mile out to sea last night (Saturday).

They launched the inshore lifeboat at 8.40pm and once they reached the vessel attached a rope and towed it back to Ramsgate harbour. The crew towed the stricken yacht back into the safety of the harbour where they assisted in mooring it up safely on the pontoon. The yacht crew will make repairs before continuing their journey onto Brighton harbour.
Archive photo by Mark Stanford
22nd April 2019
We just wanted to share pictures of these lovely Easter gifts that were left outside RAMSGATE RNLI station over Easter.

Sadly there was no volunteer crew around to say thank you in person but please be assured that they are most grateful and really appreciate the gesture.
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
News Archive

Recent Launches

Service Call 13
15th June @ 18:00 The assistance of the Ramsgate RNLI was required to assist a 14 year old girls stuck in the mud at the crosswall. We used our XP boat, our stretcher and a stretcher from a wind farm vessel to gain access to the casualty. 2 of our crew made their way to the casualty and got her into one of the stretchers. She was then pulled to the XP boat and transferred to the Western pontoon, where she was handed over to the awaiting ambulance along with one of our crew who had ingested some of the mud and was feeling unwell. All found to ok with no serious problems.
Photo Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 12
5th June @ 08:23 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard after a 32ft yacht with one person aboard, was reported by Ramsgate Port Control, aground on the Quern Bank. ILB arrived on scene, passed a line and towed the casualty vessel into safer water. The ILB then released the tow, allowing the vessel to carry on its passage
Service Call 11
29th May @ 23:14 AWB launched at the request of UK coastguard to an 8m yacht 9 miles North of North Foreland, with 2 persons on board, a lost sail and no navigational equipment operational. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Royal Harbour.
Service Call 10
24th May @ 19:00 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 10m cabin cruiser with 3 persons on board, broken down 0.4 miles off North Foreland. Once on scene the AWB passed a line and once the casualty had retrieved their anchor, towed them into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by visiting RNLI crewman Andrew Stanley from Siloth, Cumbria
Service Call 9
11th May @ 07:17 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a Mussel boat with engine failure 20 miles off Ramsgate. On scene the crew passed a line and due to the tidal direction and strength, towed the casualty vessel into Dover Harbour. Once safely alongside, the AWB returned to Ramsgate.
Service Call 8
10th May @ 14:04 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to two persons cut off by the tide at Kingagate Bay. ILB crew assisted the casualties onto the ILB and took them to Broadstairs harbour. ILB then returned to station.
Service Archive

Fundraising Events

Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat
Wednesday, 26th June 2019 at 7 PM - 11 PM

Grosvenor Casinos (Thanet)
Margate Road, CT10 2BF Broadstairs

Grosvenor Casinos Thanet are holding a Charity Quiz Night in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat.

For ticket information and availability please contact us here.
Sunday, 30th June 2019 at 2 PM - 4 PM

Ramsgate Croquet Club
Royal Esplanade, CT110 Ramsgate

Help raise funds for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat by enjoying a few games of Croquet along with lovely Refreshments & a Raffle.

For ticket information and availability please contact us here.
Broadstairs Water Gala
Wednesday, 31st July 2019 at 10 AM - 4 PM

Viking Bay

The Annual Water Gala takes place in Viking Bay, Broadstairs. Our Fundraisers will be working hard to raise funds for RNLI Ramsgate, the Kiosk Volunteers will be selling souvenirs & our Education & Safety teams will be attending.
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

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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