Ramsgate Lifeboat
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29th October 2021
On Tuesday 26th October, a group of young people from Kent Association for the Blind visited the Lifeboat Station at Ramsgate along with their families. Volunteers John and Vanessa Ray were able to provide some fantastic tactile materials, including a swatch of the material used to build the Atlantic 85 Class, decommissioned life jackets used by the crew, helmets and other kit, and models of the boats on station.

Judging by the smiles, a fantastic time was had by all, and we’re grateful to Kent Association for the Blind for this learning opportunity.
Photo by Sarah Hewes
7th October 2021
Local College rewards Ramsgate RNLI volunteer crew for making a difference
Vanessa Ray, Water Safety Education Presenter, was asked to talk about winter beach,water safety and the work of the RNLI to school years 2, 3 and 4 at St. Lawrence College, in Ramsgate during the morning of Monday 20 September.

As a result the year groups later held a 'make a difference day' to raise money to support Ramsgate volunteer lifeboat crew. With the money raised each student purchased 'goodies' such as tea, coffee, chocolate drinking powder, biscuits, crisps, which they thought the lifeboat crew might like and personally decorated the paper bag in which they placed their purchases.

Due to Covid restrictions both at the school and in the boathouse sadly the children were unable to visit us, so one of the teachers involved, Chloe Whiteley, kindly delivered the goodies to the boathouse where she was thanked by Coxswain Ian Cannon and Mechanic Phil Mace along with members of the boathouse visits team.

Coxswain Ian Cannon said, ‘As we live by the sea it’s vitally important that our school children are taught from a young age how to act responsibly when playing by the sea. Our role is not just to save lives at sea but to educate people about the dangers of playing around water. We are very grateful to St. Lawrence College Junior School for the goodie bags which will be enjoyed by our volunteer crew. However we are delighted that the College asked us in to speak to them as it’s never too early to get safety messages across.’

Photos by Sarah Hewes
3rd October 2021

Ramsgate 200 Festival - a celebration of the 200 year anniversary of Ramsgate becoming a Royal Harbour, the only one in England.

Over the three-day event held from Friday 27th September to Sunday 29th September, RNLI Education Team , Shop, fundraisers, Community Watersafety and the Chairman of the operation team volunteers, provided engagement with members of public.

Friday’s event was designated 'schools day' some 250+ children visited, starting at the event marquee on the Crosswall. The Education team set up their stall on the Crosswall. 260 children and their 56-accompanying staff were treated to walks and talks around the outside of the boathouse where they could see the boats and talked about the work of the RNLI. Offering a Covid-safe environment. The Community Watersafety Team supported also engaging with 90+ children and 9 teachers.

For Saturday’s event the gazebo was set up in the Sea Safety section along the lower promenade behind the Main Sands, with members from the Education, Shop, fundraisers volunteers. Water safety advice was offered to members of public and the shop sold their stock. Community Watersafety provided a mobile Lifejacket Clinic around the harbour, checking in total 14 lifejackets. The chairman and RNLI Beach Lifeguard attended the festival’s ‘drum head parade’ with local dignitaries as their presence was requested by the Mayor of Ramsgate.

Sunday’s event, the gazebo was set up in the Pier Yard where there was much more activity, again a successful day giving out water safety advice and shop sales. The Severn class lifeboat in the Inner Harbour also generated a lot of interest. Community Watersafety provided a mobile ‘on board’ awareness around the harbour, talking to four boat owners.

Overall a very successful event. The public were generous with their donations and overall a total engagement with 457 children and 241 adults.
Photos by Sarah Hewes
13th September 2021
Another relief boat!
You may have noticed another Lifeboat has joined our merry band at Ramsgate.
Relief Severn Class Lifeboat R.N.L.B. Margaret Joan and Fred Nye 17-46 took passage overnight from Poole to Ramsgate, arriving around 0300 in the morning on Saturday. She's here on Temporary Station Duty (relief) due to technical issues with our lifeboat 14-02 Esme Anderson and also issues with relief Trent Class Lifeboat 14-06 Windsor Runner (Civil Service no.42).
Photo by Mark Stanford
10th September 2021
Woman overboard
An early start for the volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI when both boats were launched at the request of HM Coastguard to reports of a women falling overboard from a boat.

The call came through at 06.18 on 9 September after a Mayday had been received from a small cabin cruiser which was at anchor one and a half miles from the shore off Broadstairs.
Both the Windsor Runner (Civil Service no.42), which is our current relief all weather boat, and Claire and David Delves Inshore Lifeboat were launched to search.

Whilst still on their way to the search area a report came in that the missing person had managed to swim the one and a half miles to the shore,  get ashore, wake up a friend and talk to the Coastguard, informing them that she was safe.
In the meantime the Inshore boat had reached the yacht and put a crew member ashore to speak to the remaining person on the boat when the message came through that she was safely ashore, much to the relief of her partner.
The all weather was stood down and the decision was made for the Inshore to escort the boat back to Ramsgate Harbour as the remaining person onboard was in need of support and had requested assistance by VHF radio.
Thankfully the weather was kind with calm seas, otherwise the outcome could have been very different.

Our volunteer crew are ready to launch at all hours of the day and night and the RNLI rely entirely on voluntary donations.
10th September 2021
Launch to injured crew member
On 7 September at 16.29 the all weather Lifeboat Windsor Runner (Civil Service no. 42) launched at the request of HM Coastguard to a thirty five foot yacht with engine failure and reports that the lone yachtsman had a suspected broken hand, and therefore unable to sail.

He had been reported twenty miles out, north east from Ramsgate by the Kentish Knock which meant it took an hour to reach them even though the sea was flat.

Once they arrived on scene the all weather transferred two of the volunteer crew on board the yacht to assess the injury to the yachtsman, and found that he had injured his ring finger.  After splinting his finger, putting his arm in a sling and administering Entonox gas for pain relief, the RNLI crew aboard the casualty assisted with attaching the all weather tow rope. 

The all weather then proceeded to tow the casualty into Ramsgate harbour with the two crewmen remaining aboard the yacht to monitor the yachtsman, a journey that took over three hours.
When they finally arrived at Ramsgate the crew assisted with mooring the yacht alongside in the harbour and then took the casualty aboard the Windsor Runner and brought him back to the boathouse.
After making ready the Lifeboat to return to service, the casualty was taken by car to A & E to receive treatment.
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Recent Launches

Service Call 57
10th October @ 17:54 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a small vessel with fuel problems off Broadstairs.  Once on scene the decision was made that the safest course of action was to tow the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 56
10th October @ 13:23 AWB launched to a yacht with 1 person on board, 11 miles north of North Foreland, who had put out a "PAN PAN". Before the AWB arrived on scene a wind farm support vessel had reached the casualty and had it in tow.  Once on scene the tow was transferred to the AWB which then towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 55
23rd September @ 17:35 AWB launched to assist with a yacht with potential engine room fire, under tow by the guard vessel "Atlas".  On scene the AWB escorted the yacht whilst under tow until it was inside the outer turning circle.  Once there the tow was transferred to the AWB at the request of "Atlas", where the casualty was then towed onto a berth in the harbour.  Atlas requested that the AWB took the tow as it would have struggled to get through the harbour entrance with the yacht.
Photo by Sarah Hewes
Service Call 54
15th September @ 08:10 AWB l(Relief Severn) launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a motor vessel just off the harbour approach channel with both engines having failed, with 2 persons on board.  After assessing the situation the decision was made to tow the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 53
12th September @ 10:00 ILB launched to a yacht with engine failure near the Quern Bank with 2 persons on board at anchor.  ILB decided that the safest course of action was to take the vessel in tow as it was close to the Quern Bank back to Ramsgate.
Service Call 52
11th September @ 11:28 ILB launched to a yacht aground in Pegwell Bay.  Once on scene the ILB found the vessel to have re-floated and therefore escorted it into deeper water, where the casualty was able to continue onto Dover.
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