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13th June 2018

Visit to the station by Sea Cadets


The station received a visit today from the Sea Cadets off T.S. Jack Petchy, pictured standing smartly to attention in front of the Inshore Lifeboat.

The T.S.Jack Petchy launched in 2010 and based in Gosport, is one of 2 Sea Cadets training boats that spend their time training crews of cadets for a week at a time. The second boat is the T.S.John Jerald which is currently around the Scottish coast.

The group of Sea Cadets are from Walton-on-Naze and consist of 3 young ladies and 8 young men ranging in ages from 12 to just under 18. Their duties throughout the week are to run a watch system, learn basic engineering and also catering. The experience is made all the more realistic as they are lucky enough to have a Royal Naval Lieutenant acting as Captain onboard, as well as 2 supervisors.

They were very pleased to be given a tour of the Boathouse by Coxswain Ian Cannon.

12th June 2018

Ramsgate RNLI chosen as a Super Hero


Meet Wade Emptage a young boy who chose to dress up as an RNLI person for his school’s Super Hero Day.


Wade is 6 years old and when his school, Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs, asked the children to dress up for Super Hero’s Day he had no hesitation on deciding who he wanted to be. He wanted to go as a member of the RNLI. The school has asked that they dress as real life hero’s not comic book ones and as Wade’s mother is a great supporter of the RNLI it seemed natural that he should dress up as a crew member complete with yellow wellies.

Wade’s mother has given us permission to post his picture as she supports the RNLI and everything that it stands for. Without people like Wade and his mum we cannot do our job as we rely entirely on donations from the public, so we think that Wade is our Super Hero too! Thank you Wade!

12th June 2018

An early start to the day for Ramsgate RNLI


On Monday 11 June at 05.33 the All-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched to the assistance of a 31ft yacht with engine failure near the North East Goodwin buoy off Ramsgate.

Once on the scene the crew of the yacht were requested to pull their anchor up, but they were unable to do so as it was stuck too firmly. The All-weather boat crew then asked the crew to loop the tow rope around their anchor chain, which enabled the lifeboat to pull the anchor free from the sea bed, which allowed the casualty to retrieve their anchor. Once this was completed the Esme Anderson was then able to tow the yacht safely into harbour.

What appears to be a simple thing shows the expertise and experience of the crew of the RNLI in handling these situations. In 2015 alone there were 818 RNLI lifeboat launches nationally to yachts alone and that number increases as Yachting becomes more popular. If you are taking to the seas always carry a means of calling for help and ensure everyone onboard knows how to use it.

24th May 2018

Mayday Appeal and Yellow Welly Rally


On Tuesday 22 May, Ramsgate RNLI took delivery of the iconic symbol of the charity's Mayday Appeal - the Yellow Welly - from the Walmer RNLI crew when it was delivered by the neighbouring station by water using a rib.

The following day, Wednesday 23 May, the Ramsgate crew cycled it around the seafront on a party bike borrowed from Coco Latino, a local bar, to the Ramsgate Tunnels where it was handed over to the Broadstairs Lifeguards to continue its journey around the coast to Margate RNLI Station.


After a very welcome cup of tea at the Tunnels to warm them up as it was raining and cold the crew then cycled the partybike back to the station much to the amusement of people passing by.


So what is the Mayday Appeal? Mayday is our yellow-themed annual fundraiser, 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, we want to raise £750,000* to fund the vital kit that will keep them safe, whatever the weather throws at them. Will you help us by raising money this Mayday?


*Any funds raised over our £750,000 target will go towards funding our lifesaving work around the UK and Ireland.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

23rd May 2018

Then there were three!


The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that we had 3 lifeboats moored alongside the Station today.

The relief lifeboat was put into the water to go on relief duty at Margate whilst their boat is off to Great Yarmouth on Saturday leaving from Ramsgate.

In order from left to right Ramsgate lifeboat Esme Anderson (14-02), Margate lifeboat (12-20) is Leonard Kent, the Relief Lifeboat (12-005) is Lady of Hilbre.


Photo by Sarah Hewes

21st May 2018

Ramsgate RNLI crew member celebrates birth of his son


Volunteer crew member Harry Hughes is hoping his newborn son will follow in his footsteps and join the RNLI at Ramsgate.


Last month I reported on Harry’s proposal to his pregnant girlfriend Kerry which took place during a routine exercise. Kerry had been taken to the beach on a pretext of a sunny evening walk by her friends and Harry had arranged for a banner asking her to marry him to be unfurled as the Inshore lifeboat approached Ramsgate’s main sands. He then waded ashore and dropped to one knee to ask a very surprised Kerry to marry him.

We are happy to announce that Kerry gave birth to a lovely boy on 9 May weighing 7.6lbs who they have called Theodore Dean Roy Hughes. I managed to catch up with them at the Ramsgate RNLI station where Harry told me of his hopes that Theo will follow in his footsteps and join the RNLI. They have already coordinated the pram with the yellow welly theme as it is bright yellow and they are hoping to get some yellow wellies for Theo as soon as they can find some small enough!

The RNLI is a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea, and relies entirely on donations from the public and volunteers like Harry.


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15th May 2018

Opening of Broadstairs RNLI kiosk


Thank you to everybody who attended the Grand Opening of the refurbished RNLI Broadstairs Kiosk. Tatti McNally, Visitor Experience Manager - South East invited James Uren, Area Lifesaving Manager to cut the ribbon. Thank you to the Broadstairs Sailing Club for facilitating the refreshments afterwards.

15th May 2018

Today’s shout


This morning 15th May at 9.46am the All Weather Lifeboat Esme Anderson was launched to the assistance of a racing yacht.

The skipper of yacht Skullduggery Don Rawing and his six crew from Burnham Sailing Club were so grateful to the volunteer RNLI crew that they wanted to personally express their thanks and give an interview.

They had been competing in the North Sea Regatta last weekend racing from Harwich to Scheveningen in Holland on 11th May and due to fog had been delayed in leaving until last night bound for Burnham in Essex. Due to building winds, with high waves and having taken on some water leaving them with just a hand held radio, handheld GPS and paper charts they called up H.M Coastguard and asked for assistance. The tides were against them and they had been blown off course and the water on board made steerage difficult.

It’s unusual for a Local Press Officer to name a distressed vessel but they were so grateful that they had brought presents for the crew round to the Boat House and wanted to tell their story, and were even willing to pose for a picture.

Photo - The crew of the yacht with gifts for the crew to enjoy, once they are off duty. By Karen Cox

15th May 2018

Ramsgate RNLI called to a fire on a guard vessel


Recently the Ramsgate RNLI All Weather Boat was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a guard vessel 28 miles off Ramsgate with an engine room fire.


The casualty vessel was at this time under escort by the Dunkirk Lifeboat and another guard vessel but the Coastguard had requested the assistance of the Ramsgate Boat as well. The Dunkirk Lifeboat escorted the guard vessel over the shipping separation zone and then returned to base. When Ramsgate RNLI arrived on scene, there was no sign of the fire which had been in the exhaust lagging of the generator as it been brought under control by the crew onboard the casualty. As the casualty vessel was still capable of motoring in the All Weather Boat escorted it back to Ramsgate, where it was berthed in the outer harbour and attended by the Fire Service.

Photo by Sarah Hewes

15th May 2018

Mayday fund raiser


Sincere thanks to our very hard working fundraisers & everybody who came to support us at the Mayday Spring Fayre Saturday 12th May 2018. A special thank you to our entertainers for the event, the fabulous Greyhound Buskers who so generously made a donation to RNLI Ramsgate. They even wrote a special song in honour of the Yellow Welly Relay, simply superb. A well received £278.65 was raised during the event towards our Mayday campaign.

7th May 2018

Cheque presentation by the Westgate-On-Sea & Birchington Golf Club

Tony Wylie the LOM from Ramsgate attended a cheque presentation yesterday (6th May) at Margate Lifeboat station. The cheque was presented by the Westgate-On-Sea & Birchington Golf Club, who ran a golf charity day last year. The cheques were for the Ramsgate, Margate and Whitstable stations. The cheque for RNLI Ramsgate came to £637.00.

30th April 2018

Four men rescued by Ramsgate lifeboat crews in atrocious weather conditions


Two lifeboats were launched from Ramsgate lifeboat station this morning (April 30) at 11.25am following a report from a fishing boat that an unknown number of people had been swept into the sea off the East Pier while walking around the harbour.


When the Ramsgate inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew approached the area, a windfarm boat was on the scene and a man was spotted in the water holding onto a ladder by the harbour wall. The crew of the windfarm boat then alerted the RNLI crew to a second man who was difficulty in the water behind their vessel.


The lifeboat crew rescued the man from the water, who was in more urgent need, and then returned to the man on the ladder. He was also rescued and then both men were returned in the lifeboat to the lifeboat station, to be treated by paramedics.


As they were being put ashore one of those who had been rescued said that a third man had also been with them at the time they were swept off the pier. The lifeboat crew returned to the scene with paramedics on board and discovered another man who had not ended up in the water, but had been swept along the top of the pier. He had suffered injuries and was now sitting up by the Harbour Brasserie restaurant on the harbour wall.


The lifeboat crew were able to access the pier by boarding the windfarm boat and were then able to rescue the man using a stretcher. He was taken on board the windfarm boat which brought him back to the lifeboat station while being treated by paramedics. Once back at the station he was airlifted to hospital.


It’s understood that a fourth man, not part of the original group, had found himself cut off on the lower landing level of the pier by the severe weather conditions. He was also rescued by the inshore lifeboat with the crew again accessing the pier using the wind farm vessel as a ladder. He was returned to the lifeboat station uninjured.


On returning to station the Ramsgate lifeboats then immediately relaunched following reports of wind surfers in difficulty, but it transpired they had been able to make their way safely to shore without assistance and the lifeboats returned to the station.


Weather conditions on the coast at Ramsgate today are being described as ‘atrocious’ with waves breaking over the harbour wall and people are being urged to respect the water and keep away from the area while the current weather conditions continue.

Photos by, right Malcolm Kirkaldie, left Davena Green

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23rd April 2018

Ramsgate RNLI called out to three separate incidents in one day


A warm, busy Sunday in April (22nd) meant that Ramsgate RNLI had a diverse and busy day.


The day started off sadly, with the discovery of a body at 8.40am floating in the turning circle off Ramsgate Harbour by a member of the public out for a walk along the Western Pier. The alarm was raised and the All-Weather Lifeboat was launched to recover the body. The Police later confirmed that it was the body of a woman thought to be aged between 60-70 years old. No further information is known and the police are trying to trace next of kin. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

The usually warm weather meant that the beaches were packed and people had also taken to the water. At about 5.30pm the Inshore Lifeboat was launched to the assistance of a yacht with engine trouble off Broadstairs main beach but whilst enroute they were diverted to Joss Bay Beach where two young children in a rubber dingy had been reported by numerous people as having been swept out to sea. They successfully managed to take the youngsters back to the beach where they were gently educated in the strength of the tides, how to respect the water and how to play and stay safe.

Then the Inshore Lifeboat continued on to its original target and managed to tow the yacht and its grateful crew back to Ramsgate Harbour.

A busy day for the on call volunteer crew demonstrating how diverse their day can be, and how they have to be ready for every eventuality. This perfectly demonstrates how the RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

Photo by Malcolm Kirkaldie

23rd April 2018

Ron White


We are sad to announce the recent death of Ron White, one of Ramsgate RNLI’s longest supporters.


After his retirement he and his wife Marion moved to Ramsgate in 2000 where they were nagged by his daughter to do something and stop acting like old people. So Ron and Marion then joined the RNLI!


Ron became box secretary which consisted of cashing up all the donation boxes around Ramsgate. Marion and Ron were regularly seen going from pub to pub with a shopping trolley which they used to collect the boxes in.


Ron received a Bronze Award for long service to the RNLI and continued to support the organisation for the rest of his life. He will be sadly missed.


His funeral will be held at Thanet Crematorium on Wednesday 25th April at 10.00. The family have requested no flowers but donations to Ramsgate RNLI will be gladly accepted. The funeral directors are Maskell and Uden.

20th April 2018

Love is in the air!


This evening 20th April on a gloriously sunny day, Volunteer crew member Harry Hughes proposed in style to his pregnant girlfriend Kerry Ewer.


Weeks of planning had gone into his surprise proposal helped by his good friends Mark Gull and Ciara Watts, as well as his RNLI crew mates. Whilst Mark and Ciara took Kerry for a walk on the beach, Harry was out on exercises in the Inshore Lifeboat. Onboard he had a big banner asking Kerry to marry him which was shown as they approached the shore. Harry then waded ashore, dropped to one knee in front of a slightly embarrassed Kerry and asked her to marry him. Thankfully she said yes, much to the delight of the onlooking sunbathers on the beach who applauded and cheered loudly.


After a quick embrace Harry then returned to the Inshore lifeboat and sped back to finish the exercise.

Just two hours later Harry’s celebrations with his family were cut short when his pager went off and he had to dash back to the RNLI station although thankfully it turned out to be a good intentioned but false alarm.

18th April 2018

Broadstairs Kiosk due to reopen


The Broadstairs Kiosk refurbishment is now nearly complete and has lots of new exciting items in stock. We shall be open on the weekend 28th & 29th April 2018, and will be open 7 days a week starting from 5th May 2018. Our Kiosk volunteers are looking forward to serving you all.


We would like to express our thanks to Tatti and Emma from the RNLI for all their hard work which is much appreciated support. We would also like to say a big thank you to all at the Broadstairs Sailing Club and RNLI Margate Lifeboat for all their help and kind co-operation during the refurbishment and restocking period.


18th April 2018

Upcoming interview


This afternoon the Boat House in Ramsgate had a visit from BBC South East reporter Charlotte Wright to interview our very own Becky Cannon.

The reason for the interview is that Becky has been nominated by the Lieutenancy of Kent to share in part of the wedding day of HRH Prince Harry of Kent to Ms Megan Markle, for her volunteer work with RNLI. She is one of the youngest people to be invited to Windsor Castle for the event. Becky described herself as honoured to have received the invitation and will be taking her mother with her to enjoy the day.

Below are a couple of images of the reporter and Becky around the Boat House and the interview is scheduled to be on the BBC South East news tomorrow 19th April at 6.30pm. - subject to editorial changes


1st April 2018

Easter festivities interrupted to save a lady and two children cut off by the tide


Easter Sunday festivities were interrupted when Ramsgate RNLI received a call to launch to the rescue of a lady and two children cut off by a rising tide at Dumpton Gap in Broadstairs.


At 11:23am the Inshore Lifeboat was launched after a 999 Call to UK Coastguard from a woman with 2 children cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, with an hour of rising tide to go. The Inshore Lifeboat arrived promptly on the scene and put one of their crew ashore to assist with the casualties. Once all three casualties were safely aboard they were brought back to the Lifeboat Station, where they were given blankets to get warm. The station then dried their clothes in the station tumble drier and provided an assortment of plastic bags to put their hiking boots into. Once their clothing was dried they were then dropped off at the RNLI Charity Shop as requested before making their way by train back to London.


When visiting the seaside please take extreme caution as it is very easy to get stranded by a rising tide. The lady did exactly the right thing by calling the coastguard, always dial 999if you see anyone or are yourself in danger.

18th March 2018

RNLI Ramsgate honours it’s retiring crew


Recently a presentation evening was held at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in the presence of 70 guests and crew, to honour and thank four people who between them have selflessly served the RNLI as crew for a combined time of 143 years. An RNLI spokesman said, The RNLI is the charity that Saves Lives at Sea and without courageous volunteers like these honoured tonight we would be unable to do our job.


The introductions and welcome was done by Coxswain Ian Cannon with the presentations being done Ramsgate RNLI Chairman Eric Burton.


Cpt.Philip Lloyd Toghill joined in 1989 as Deputy Launch Authority until 2017 and also served as Hon Sec from 1989-1992.


Raymond William Noble started as ILB crew and helmsman  in 1982 until 1997. He was also ALB crew member from 1982-2002. Then Shore crew from 2002-2011 before becoming Deputy Launch Authority from 2011-2016 and then  Lifeboat Ops Manager from 2016-2017, he continues today to raise money for the RNLI as Collections Manager.


The longest serving member is Derek Austin Pegden who joined in 1964 -1976 as ALB crew, also ILB crew and helmsman from 1974-1996. From 1976-2000 he was 2nd Coxswain and Assistant Mechanic, then from 2000-2001 he was 2nd Coxswain and 2nd Mechanic and then became Deputy Launch Authority from 2005-2016.


When asked if he had his speech ready, it was short and sweet “No I haven’t, no I’m not!” Much to the amusement of everyone present.


Also honoured was Dr Malcolm Reeves who has looked after the health and well being of the crew and served Ramsgate for 27 years as Lifeboat Medical Advisor.


They were all presented with long service awards as well as a framed photograph of Ramsgate by RNLI Ramsgate Treasurer and photographer Steve Burton.


Photo Chris Cox

29th March 2018

East Kent Catering College visit Ramsgate RNLI for Community Day


Today Thursday 29th March staff and students from East Kent Catering College in Broadstairs paid a visit to Ramsgate RNLI station bearing home made goodies made by the students as part of their Community Week.


Earlier in the day they had taken Easter themed cakes and savoury food to Ramsgate Fire Station, Bradstowe Court and after visiting the RNLI they planned to drop food off at Margate’s A&E . A further team were out in Broadstairs giving food to the homeless and also to the volunteer staff in the charity shops. Each year the first year students, as well as some second year students do something different but the aim is to give something back to the local community.


Ramsgate RNLI’s crew were happy to receive their gifts, which were enjoyed by everyone and as a thank you took them on a tour of the RNLI All-weather boat ,the Esme Anderson which delighted the students. Maybe a few budding volunteers were amongst them?


Photo by Karen Cox from left to right

Julia Blackman - Lecturer of Catering, Alex Spratt, Chloe Sargeant, Samira Hassan, Phoebe Cook , Kieran Redpath, Roger Phillips - Head of Catering, Kelly McDonald - LSP, Kai Haswell, Natalie Stone - Work Placement Office for Catering and Hospitality.

17th March 2018

RNLI Ramsgate Mechanic receives 20 year service Medal


Phil Mace RNLI Ramsgate’s full time Mechanic being presented with his 20 year Medal by Coxswain Ian Cannon during a presentation evening at the Royal Temple Yacht Club last night.  

Photo Chris Cox

9th March 2018

RNLI CEO Paul Boissier visits Ramsgate RNLI Station


The crew, volunteers and supporters with CEO Paul Dunce. Photo by James Uren

On Wednesday 21st February the head of the RNLI called in to the Ramsgate Branch of the RNLI for a social visit to meet crew and volunteers.


It's not every day that the Chief Executive of the RNLI  pays a visit to the local RNLI station especially for a social occasion, a quick chat and to see how everything is progressing. So the local crew and volunteers were very keen to brave the cold weather and come and meet him.


To give him his full title, Vice Admiral Paul Boissier CB MA MSc joined the RNLI in 2009 and is now the Chief Executive. After graduating in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University he joined the Royal Navy where he specialised in navigation and served on a variety of submarines. This led to two submarine commands - HMS Onyx and HMS Trafalgar before he moved into the surface fleet as the Captain of HMS Chatham. He then moved ashore as the Commander of Portsmouth naval base before moving to Bristol as the Chief of Fleet Support. His naval career finally ended with two years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Navy, based in Portsmouth.


He still managed to find time during his busy naval career to spend a year at the London Business School were he graduated with a Masters degree in Business Management and for a bit of variety at a younger age spent a year working for Guinness, where he trained as a Brewer.


During his visit he spent time with the crew listening to any concerns that they had which he promised to feedback to Poole and also meeting the volunteers, fundraisers and supporters. Upon his return he sent a lovely email thanking the crew for their warm hospitality and saying how pleased he was to meet everyone.


He finished by saying that Ramsgate has a great team and he appreciates everything that they do to keep people safe on this stretch of water.

5th March 2018

RNLI Lifejacket clinic raises concerns


On Sunday 4th March RNLI Community Safety Volunteer Andy Mills held a lifejacket clinic hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate.


With the sailing season fast approaching the local community was invited to attend a free RNLI lifejacket clinic arranged by Andy Mills. It was a well attended event with many sailors taking the opportunity to have their lifejackets checked over. However there was also cause for concern with 41 out of the 72 jackets tested failing due to a variety of reasons. This meant that now forewarned people are able to make repairs before they take to the water.


A representative from the RNLI said that people should always ensure they have floatation devises when they take to the water, but as your life may depend on them always ensure that they are serviced regularly.

Due to the success of the event there are plans to hold further sessions.

Photo right - rust inside a lifejacket. Photo by Andy Mills
Photo left - John and Andy checking Lifejacket.

4th February 2018

Ramsgate says farewell to Ron


Over 500 people attended the funeral service of retired Ramsgate coxswain Ron Cannon MBE at St George’s Church, Ramsgate on Friday 2 February.

Amongst those attending were a large number of past and present Ramsgate lifeboat crew who had served with Ron during his 37 years with the RNLI. They formed a guard of honour as the coffin entered and left the church. Also amongst the congregation were many friends and colleagues from around the country connected with the RNLI who wished to show their deep respect for Ron, who during his time as coxswain had twice been awarded the RNLI’s Silver Medal for gallantry.

In all, such a large congregation was a wonderful testimony to how much Ron was admired and respected. He will always be part of Ramsgate Harbour’s history and will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. He was a dear friend, colleague and father figure to many.

Photo Steve Burton

2nd February 2018

Spreading the Respect the Water campaign


I spent a very informative morning with Andy Mills Margate RNLI Community Safety Officer discussing #Respectthewater and all aspects of water safety. Andy has only been in the role about 8 months and as an extremely new LPO (Local Press Officer) for Ramsgate, it was great for me to sit down and discuss how to use social media in all forms to promote our mutual message, which is of course safety at sea.


Most of you have probably never heard of me before, my name is Karen Cox and I am taking over the LPO role from long term Press Officer, and extremely hard act to follow, John Ray. I was asked to take over the role when I was brought to the attention of the Ramsgate RNLI through my social media role on the committee of the local Royal Temple Yacht Club.


Being so fresh to the role it was great to exchange ideas and contacts with Andy. He is passionate about his role and keen to spread the RNLI safety messages. If you would like Andy to give a talk to your local sailing club or group then please send us a message and we will put you in touch. Or follow him on twitter on @Thanet_CommSafe.

1st February 2018

Quiz Night


Thank you to everybody who kindly supported the fundraising quiz at Grosvenor Casinos in aid of RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat. We raised £555 thanks to the generosity of the attendees & Grosvenor Casinos. A special thank you to Glenn for being such a wonderful host & quiz master.

Photo Sarah Hewes

You can now follow us on twitter as well @RamsgateRNLI.

Help us spread the message and Save Lives at Sea.

28th January 2018

Ramsgate in Goodwin Sands Rescue


The launch of Ramsgate RNLI's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested at 3.35pm yesterday by UK Coastguard to assist a 15m. yacht aground at the Goodwin Sands.


On scene the ILB crew determined that due to the sea swell and wind conditions, the station's Trent class all weather lifeboat (AWB) would be required to tow the yacht into Ramsgate Harbour. At 3.52pm the UK Coastguard requested the launch of the AWB to assist with the tow.


On arrival on scene, the AWB crew passed a line to one of the ILB crew members that had gone aboard the yacht. Once the tow was ready the yacht's crew, with the assistance of the ILB crew member, winched the yacht's anchor aboard. When completed the AWB towed the casualty safely into Ramsgate Harbour.

Photo Ian Cannon

8th January 2018

Death of former Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain


All at Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat station are very sorry to learn of the death of Ron Cannon MBE on 7th. January, after a period of ill health.


Following family tradition Ron had been actively involved with the station for over 53 years including 37 as a crew member. He was appointed the station’s Coxswain/ Mechanic in 1976 and during his 25 years in this role was twice awarded the RNLI’s silver medal for gallantry. In the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was awarded the MBE for services to the RNLI.


He will be sorely missed both as a friend and a ready source of information about the RNLI and local maritime history.


Photo John Ray


22nd January 2018

For those wishing to attend Ron Cannon’s funeral service, the arrangements are as follows.

St Georges Church, Ramsgate
Friday 2nd February 2018

At 1:30 PM

All welcome

The family have asked no flowers, if you wish to make a donation please make it to Ramsgate RNLI or Margate Hospice.

(Please clearly state where you would like your donation to go, donations to be given to Twyman and Holmes Ramsgate)

27th December 2017

Ramsgate RNLI crew member rescues person from harbour


At 11.31am on Boxing Day the launch of Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested to assist a person who had jumped into the town's inner harbour.


After a concerned member of the public reported the matter to the owners of the harbour-side Mariners Bar, knowing their connection to the RNLI, Natasha Crome telephoned to report the incident whilst her Ramsgate crew member partner Jason Crome (second mechanic and ILB helm) attended the scene opposite his Bar.


Jason waded in down the harbour access steps and pulled the person out of the water all before a full lifeboat crew had assembled. With the help of ambulance staff and fire crew, the person was carried up the steps and placed on to an awaiting stretcher.

Photo Steve Burton

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