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

28th June 2019

Our station Mechanic Phill Mace being presented with a certificate by Coxswain Ian Cannon as he retires from active service on the inshore lifeboat.

This is not an actual full retirement as Phill will still be fully involved on the All Weather Boat and as full time station mechanic.
28th June 2019

It was a fantastic Quiz Night at Grosvenor Casinos Thanet on Wednesday 26 June. They provided us with a great buffet and a superbly entertaining quiz. Thank you so much to everybody who so kindly supported us, £235 was raised for RNLI Ramsgate to help us keep saving lives at sea.

Sincere thanks to the Quizmaster Glenn Woodward and to all at Grosvenor Casinos.
26th June 2019

On the afternoon of Tuesday 25 June the all-weather boat Esme Anderson launched to a local angling boat fishing four miles off North Foreland.

The crew of the angling boat which had two onboard had reported that they had a fouled propeller, meaning that they had no propulsion and were unable to manoeuvre.

When the Lifeboat reached the scene it was discovered that it was the anchor rope that was fouling the propeller, with the anchor firmly held on the sea bed. Thankfully the sea was flat calm with little swell which enabled the volunteer crew of the all-weather boat to grab the anchor rope with a grapnel and using their capstan, manage to retrieve the anchor. The end of the anchor rope was detached from the anchor chain and passed back to the angling boat whilst the lifeboat retained the anchor and chain.

After passing a line to the casualty Esme Anderson towed the casualty back to Ramsgate Harbour where it was taken straight into the travel hoist, which is a crane designed to lift boats out of the water and move them around a harbour, where the remainder of the anchor rope could be removed. The Lifeboat then returned to station and was placed back on call.
The image above taken after the event by station Mechanic Phill Mace shows how badly wrapped around the shaft it was.
22nd June 2019

Thank you so much to all the generous customers at Tesco on High Sreet, Broadstairs, yesterday our Collection Day there raised £259.35 for RNLI Ramsgate.
20th June 2019
Ramsgate RNLI rescues woman cut off by the tide.

ILB launched at 1.50pm Thursday 20th June to rescue a lone lady walking along the beach from Ramsgate to Margate. When she reached Stone Bay she was caught out by a rising tide and in order to avoid the water she climbed up the actual cliff. Thankfully she had a mobile phone with her, as she was out of sight from the land, in order to raise the alarm.

The three volunteer crew managed to steer the ILB close to the cliffs where two of the crew entered the water to hold the rib still whilst the lady managed to jump into the boat.

They then dropped her safely off at Broadstairs, shaken but unharmed and then returned to station.

The picture is of a very wet member of crew Paul Ionescu sitting at helm of the ILB.
Photo by Karen Cox
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'.
Photos Ramsgate RNLI/Jason Crome
News Archive

Recent Launches

Service Call 19
25th June @ 15:36 the AWB launched to a local angling boat with a fouled propeller. On scene it was discovered that it was his anchor rope that was fouling the propeller, with the anchor firmly held on the sea bed. The crew of the AWB managed to grab the anchor rope with a grapnel and using our capstan, managed to retrieve the anchor. After passing a line to the casualty the AWB towed the casualty back to Ramsgate, straight into the travel hoist, where the remainder of the anchor rope could be removed.
Photo by Sarah Hewes
Service Call 17 & 18
23rd June @ 17:04 Both AWB & ILB were requested by UK Coastgurd to a yacht aground in the River Stour entrance. On scene the AWB was unable to get to the casualty as only 1m of water was present. The ILB, however, was able to reach the casualty, passed a line and towed it into deeper water. Both Lifeboats then returned to station.
Photo by Steve Burton
Service Call 16
23rd June @ 13:59 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report, from a member of the public, of 2 children with bikes in difficulty in the Pegwell Bay Mud. ILB left Ramsgate harbour with the AWB's XP boat aboard, as it can reach shallower waters. Once on scene the ILB crew could not find anyone so at the request of UK Coastguard carried out a shore line search. Further information came from the first informant, that the two children had started to make their way towards Ramsgate. The ILB was then asked to stand by until confirmation that the children were safe. A report then came in from the local mobile Coastguards that 2 lorry drivers has spotted two very muddy children walking ashore to Ramsgate. ILB was then released and returned to station.
Photo by Steve Burton
Service Call 15
22nd June @ 14:06 ILB launched to a dinghy with two children on board, with an outboard engine with cooling problems. ILB arrived on scene, checked that everyone was ok and landed them back to the slipway at the Western Under Cliff. ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 14
20th June @ 13:41 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a person cut off by the tide North of Stone Bay. ILB found the casualty and after having checked for depth & rocks, pushed the ILB up to the cliff edge, allowing the casualty to get aboard. ILB then took the casualty into Broadstairs and once she was safely ashore, made their way back to Ramsgate.
Photo by Karen Cox
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 by Ramsgate RNLI/Jason Crome
Service Archive

Fundraising Events

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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