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27th August 2019

Our annual street collection took place over an extremely hot Bank Holiday weekend, so a massive thank you to everyone involved.

Day 1 of the Street Collection realised £217.78, many thanks to the very generous people of Ramsgate.

Day 2 of the Street Collection realised £426.15.

Day 3 of the Street Collection raised £269.25 making a grand total of £913.18 over the three days. Sincere thanks to Ray our Collections Organiser for his fantastic organisation and to our hard working Fundraisers for all their efforts in that heat. Many thanks to the wonderful people of Ramsgate for all their support to help us keep saving lives at sea.
23rd August 2019
RNLI Junior Fishing Competition today
Dawn and Jason Parrott organisers of the annual RNLI Fishing Competition held at Ramsgate RNLI station couldn’t have hoped for better conditions with a gloriously warm, calm day for taking the children out fishing.

About 14 local fishing boats donated their time and fuel and set off this morning with excited youngsters ranging from 4 to 16 years old onboard, all wearing red tee shirts donated by Spectrum Vessel Services as well as life jackets. The conditions meant that the fish were biting, one boat said that they had over 120 Bass caught, although the majority were too small to keep. Plenty of fish to keep the children’s occupied and happy!

Upon their return they were all given a goody bag donated by London Array and then enjoyed a BBQ and homemade cakes supplied by local sponsors. This was followed by the prize giving with the Mayor of Ramsgate Raushan Ara giving out the prizes. Due to the generosity of local businesses every child who took part was given a rod and fishing reel so that they can continue fishing. One parent from last year said that the change in his son was incredible, from spending all his time playing computer games indoors he now was out fishing with a new group of friends and family. However in light of recent events at Sandwich, before the presentations took place Harvey Cole, Ramsgate RNLI’s Water Safety Officer gave a brief talk on the importance of behaving sensibly around water and wearing life jackets. Volunteer crew member and organiser Jason then called for a minutes silence to honour little Lucas, who sadly lost his life last week. This was an emotional moment as the crew had been involved in the search.

Then it was the turn of the organisers to be honoured, as they were presented by Mayor of Ramsgate Raushan, with an Excellence in Volunteering Award from the National RNLI in recognition of their efforts, of which they were completely unaware and very much taken by surprise.

Of course everyone is a winner but the top prizes went to Scarlet Reich and Noah Adams for the most fish caught. The top boat was Peggonia from Rye owned by Anthony Hills. And the Gary Dunk and John Parrott Memorial Trophy for the most amount of sponsorship went to Riley Williams aged 7 who managed to raise £265 on his own. Well done to everyone!

Final figures are still not in with money from raffles and donations still coming in, but they have already exceeded last years amount of £5000 for Ramsgate RNLI station.
Young fisherman admiring the raffle prizes, with their tee shirts and goody bags
Dawn and Jason Parrott being presented with their award by Mayor of Ramsgate Raushan
The Mayor with some of the prize winners
8th August 2019
A visit from David Appleby from Plymouth
This afternoon we had a visitor to the Station, Lifeboat enthusiast David Appleby originally from Salcombe and now residing in Plymouth,Devon. Having retired from work due to health issues 18 years ago and finding time on his hands, and approaching 70 years old, he started visiting lifeboat stations 18 months ago with the intention of visiting every station. He’s doing well having visited 161 out of 238 stations so far.

A great character he explained that his passions in life were the RNLI, driving and a love for red wine, although not at the same time as driving! So every month when he receives his pension he fills the car up with petrol and sets off to visit a Lifeboat station all over the length and breadth of the UK. Since starting 18 months ago he has clocked up over 28,000 miles in the car plus another 8000 for journeys across to France. Today he had driven from Devon, already visited Sheerness, and after leaving us was in his way to Walmer and Dover RNLI.

Chatting with him, it’s obvious that he has great passion for the sea, having been a shipwright in the past for Princess Yachts. With a great sense of humour and understanding of the sea, he has made many friends along his way and we wish him every success in achieving his goal!
31st July 2019

This morning the volunteer crew of Ramsgate RNLI attended Broadstairs Water Gala, continuing a tradition started in the 1970’s.

Sadly the sea was too rough to allow the public onto the all weather boat but they still pulled on the crowds with one mother saying, “how lovely it was to see there are still good people willing to help others”

There was much amusement in the crowds as the crew of the inshore lifeboat had to swim ashore as they were unable to moor up alongside the all weather boat due to the swell, especially when a life jacket inflated.

Thank you to Broadstairs Sailing Club for providing refreshments to the crew, much appreciated.
22nd July 2019

Thank you so much to the staff and customers of Wetherspoons for a fantastic weekend collecting there for RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat. On Sunday £361.63 was raised making a grand total for the weekend of £714.15 Many thanks to all our hard working fundraisers for giving up their time and to Ray for his superb organisation.
12th July 2019

On Wednesday 10 July at 12:04pm the All-weather Lifeboat was launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a yacht on fire with a view to towing it back to Ramsgate.

Whilst the “Esme Anderson” made its way to the casualty the North East Spit Pilot Launch passing by saw the vessel alight and headed in its direction. The pilot boat then retrieved the family of three male adults and one teenager from their liferaft, took them aboard, along with their liferaft, and brought them back to Ramsgate.

Also during this time a wind farm vessel called “Typhoon Tow” had arrived on scene and using their fire hose, attempted to put the fire out. Once the all-weather boat arrived on scene the volunteer RNLI crew set up two further fire hoses and assisted in trying to put the fire out. After about three quarters hour of hosing the vessel down which was still burning in some areas, it took on sea water, as the level of the hull had burnt to the sea level and sank, fortunately into water deep enough to not cause any issues to other passing boats.

The obviously shaken family were welcomed with a cup of tea at the RNLI station where they explained that it was their maiden voyage in their yacht having collected it from Ipswich with the intention of a family holiday sailing it around the South coast and back to their home in the North of England. The fire had occurred when they switched the engine off, six miles off the North Foreland with the intention of putting the sails up to go sailing. The experienced crew on the yacht, who were all wearing life jackets, called Mayday then attempted to fight the fire with the two onboard fire extinguishers but realised that they were unable to contain it so launched their life raft and evacuated the yacht. They weren’t in it for long before the passing pilot boat spotted the smoke and came to assist. Fortunately the sea state was calm and so they were able to take the life raft as well as the family onboard.

In this instance everyone was safe but Ramsgate RNLI Coxswain Ian Cannon explained that the RNLI are unable to tow a burning yacht or bring one into a harbour which is why they attempted to put the fire out at sea. He added, “ when sailing always wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid, ensure everyone onboard knows how to call for help, get appropriate training and check your engine and fuel before every trip.”
Photo taken from onboard the Esme Anderson by Coxswain Ian Cannon
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Recent Launches

Service Call 49
4th September, immediately after completing Service Call 48, the AWB was re-tasked by UK Coastguard to a yacht with engine failure 26 nautical miles NE of Ramsgate. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty vessel into Ramsgate harbour. Wind on scene Force 9.
Service Call 48
4th September @ 05:19 AWB tasked by UK Coastguard to an 18m Ketch at anchor with engine failure at the end of the approach channel. On scene the AWB passed a line and after the skipper of the ketch ditched his anchor, towed it into Ramsgate.
Service Call 46 & 47
31st August @ 17:13 Both boats launched to a 10m yacht with one person on board, taking on water 23 miles East of Ramsgate. ILB arrived on scene first and put one crew member aboard to give assistance dropping the sails and assessing the water ingress. Once AWB arrived they passed a line to the casualty and commenced the tow back to Ramsgate with the ILB crewman remaining aboard the casualty vessel. AWB and casualty arrived back in Ramsgate at 22:35
Service Call 45
30th August @ 02:01 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a person in the water up the river Stour near the fire station. Before the ILB entered the river entrance a report came in that the person had been retrieved from the water by the attending fire rescue service. ILB returned to station.
Service Call 44
22nd August @ 06:15 ILB launched to the assistance of a catamaran with engine failure in the river Stour near Pfizers with 2 persons on board. ILB attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 43
20th August @ 14:13 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report from an RNLI Lifeguard of a person cut off by the tide at Stone Bay. Once on scene, a further report came in that the person had entered the water fully clothed. The ILB then carried out an extensive search along the shore line and further out to sea for an hour and 45 minutes, with Coastguard mobile unites who were also in attendance, searching along the cliff tops. A decision was then made by the coastguard that the person had more than likely made his own way to the next bay and to safety before the ILB arrived on scene. ILB then released and returned to station.
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Fundraising Events

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
Ramsgate

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
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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