Service Reports 2017
Service Call 1
11th January @ 02:32 AWB launched to the assistance of a 7m RIB with engine failure 24nm North East of Ramsgate, with one person on board. Once on scene the AWB got along side the casualty RIB and passed a line to the skipper, who was taken aboard the AWB once the tow line was secured. The AWB then proceeded to tow the RIB into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 2
13th January @ 23:54 the AWB launched to a 90 metre cargo vessel with seven crew aboard which had sent a Mayday call reporting she was was sinking 38 miles NE of Ramsgate. The vessel sank, with the crew taking to liferafts.
Ships in the vicinity proceeded to the casualties last known position to commence the search. Two of these vessels located the liferafts and took the crew on board, from where they were airlifted to hospital by UK Coastguard helicopters.
The AWB was then tasked to locate the sunken vessel's EPIRB, which was recovered and brought back to shore. The AWB was then released and returned to Station at 05:10. Wind on scene was NW Force 9 (Strong Gale)
Service Call 3
14th January @ 00:33 whilst the AWB was responding to Service Call 2, UK Coastguard requested the launch of the ILB to a report of 5 people in the water at Viking Bay, Broadstairs.
The ILB searched the area, with Margate Mobile Coastguard unit carrying out a shoreline search. Nothing was found and UK Coastguard released the ILB which returned to Station at 01:45. False alarm with good intent.
Service Call 4
22nd January @ 7:48 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a small cabin cruiser lost Iin dense fog. ILB carefully made their way to the casualty making full use of the radar and df (df is a piece of equipment that can give an accurate direction of a VHF signal). Once the casualty was located, the ILB led the way back to Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 5
25th February @ 16:23 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a kite surfer in difficulty off Dumpton Gap. ILB arrived on scene and found the kite surfers kite, which they took onboard. The ILB then started to carry out a search of the area, until a message was received that the kite surfer was now safely ashore. The ILB then made it's way back to station, where the kite was handed back to a very grateful owner.
Service Call 6
11th March @ 14:55 ILB launched to the assistance of a RIB off the Broadstairs Knoll with 2 persons on board and a dog, with engine failure. ILB arrived on scene, attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 7
25th March @ 10:20 ILB launched to a small yacht, aground at Stone Bay (Broadstairs). Once on scene the ILB crew decided that the single occupant was in no danger as he could easily get ashore. After the mobile Coastguard unit had had a chat with the yachtsman the ILB was released by UK Coastguard and returned to station.
© Steve Burton
Service Call 8
30th March @ 13:34 ILB launched to reports of a kite surfer in difficulty off Ramsgate main sands. ILB arrived on scene to find the kite surfer making his own way slowly back to the beach. False alarm with good intent.
Service Call 9
8th April @ 05:10 ILB launched to the assistance of ex-RNLI Watson Lifeboat with one person on board, having difficulty getting into the harbour. 2 crew from the ILB went aboard and assisted in getting the casualty into harbour under its own power, and helped moor it up. Humber Lifeboat and Walton Lifeboat have also previously assisted with this vessel.
© Mark Stanford
Service Call 10
29th April @ 16:06 ILB launched at the request of Kent Police to a person threatening to jump from the West Pier Head. The ILB stood by whilst the police talked and calmed the person, in case they did jump. Eventually the police talked the person out of jumping and took them away. ILB was then released by UK Coastguard and returned to station.
Service Call 11
14th May @ 16:46 ILB launched to the assistance of a lone sailor washed into Stone bay by the tide. He was spotted by members of the public jumping ashore and pushing his small yacht back out into deeper water. As he climbed back on board he took a fall, so a member of the public called the Coastguard. UK Coastguard paged both Ramsgate and Margate Inshore Lifeboats, Margate mobile Coastguard and organised ambulance cover to attend at Ramsgate. Once on scene the ILB crew took the sailor aboard and put one of our crew members aboard the yacht. The ILB then proceeded to tow the casualty into Ramsgate harbour where the sailor was passed over to the awaiting ambulance, where his temperature was measured at 32 Degrees.
Service Call 12
16th May @ 17:17 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 44ft local yacht with engine failure, drifting into Winterstoke. Whilst the ILB was launching One of the wind farm support vessels (Windcat 18) got a rope to the yacht and kept it from drifting onto the shore. Once on scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour. Our thanks for the assistance of the crew of Windcat 18.
Service Call 13
18th May @ 18:11 ILB launched to the assistance of a 36ft yacht with engine failure off Dumpton Gap with 2 persons on board. On scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 14
29th May @ 10:03 AWB launched to the assistance of a 45ft yacht with engine failure and insufficient wind to sail, 16 miles off Ramsgate, near the South Falls. Once on scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 15
29th May @ 15:10 AWB launched to the assistance of a cabin boat with engine failure off Joss Bay with 4 persons on board. On scene the AWB found the casualty at anchor and after passing a line started to tow the casualty slowly, in order that they could recover their anchor. After several attempts at recovering their anchor which was held fast on the sea bed they decided to cut the anchor line. They were then towed into the inner harbour in Ramsgate.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 16
3rd June @ 10:03 ILB launched by UK Coastguard to a 26ft yacht aground in the river Stour entrance. Once on scene the ILB was unable to get close enough to the casualty, due to the lack of water, and after having checked with the persons on board, who were wearing lifejackets and happy to stay board returned to station.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 17
3rd June @ 17:36 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to the same yacht as service call 16, as the tide was rising enough for it to re-float. Once on scene one of the ILB crew went aboard the casualty to assist with lifting its anchor. The casualty was then towed into deeper water, where it intended to make its own way up river. Almost immediately the yachts engine failed so the ILB then towed it up river to a safe berth. ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 18
3rd June @ 22:54 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 36ft Danish Yacht with engine failure with 3 persons on board, 10nm East of Ramsgate. Once AWB arrived on scene, a line was passed to the casualty and it was towed into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 19
5th June @ 15:52 AWB launched to the assistance of a 47ft, two masted dutch yacht, with 4 persons on board, drifting close to the Thanet Offshore Windfarm due to engine failure. Lifeboat 17-05 which was on passage to Dover arrived on scene before us, as they were in the area. They towed the casualty safely away from the windfarm in our direction. Once we arrived on scene we took over the tow, allowing Lifeboat 17-05 to carry on to Dover. We then towed the casualty the 15 miles to Ramsgate.
© Steve Burton
Service Call 20
11th June @ 19:19 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard, after a report from a member of the public, concerned about an inflatable with 3 persons on board drifting off Broadstairs. Once on scene, the ILB crew found the inflatable making its own way back to shore. The ILB stayed on scene until the 3 persons were safely ashore, then returned to station. False alarm with good intent.
Service Call 21
13th June @ 23:37 AWB launched to the assistance of a trawler stuck fast to a submerged object. Once on scene it became obvious that the trawler had picked up a very large rope around its prop and rudder. One of our crew was put aboard the trawler to give assistance and after some time was able to retrieve one end of the rope. The trawler then put his engine in astern and after a short time the rope came free from the prop. The rope was still attached to his rudder so the end was transfered to the AWB, where we were able to pull it free using our capstan. The skipper of the trawler then checked that all was good with his vessel and was able to carry on without further assistance. The AWB then returned to station.
Service Call 22 & 23
19th June @ 19:27 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a sighting of an inflatable off King George Park. ILB found the inflatable and retrieved it, then carried on to Viking Bay to ensure they had retrieved the item spotted. The ILB was then contacted by UK Coastguard about a possible red flare sighting off Walpole Bay and requested that they check it out. ILB arrived off the Walpole Bay area and carried out a search of the area, but nothing untoward found. They were then released by UK Coastguard and returned to station.
Service Call 24
1st July @ 02:19 Both the Ramsgate and Dover lifeboats were launched in the early hours of this morning after a major collision between a crude oil tanker and a bulk carrier in the English Channel.
With a total of 49 people on board both vessels and with initial damage to at least one of the ships, the UK Coastguard called for an immediate launch to the scene, 15 miles north east of Dover in the busy main shipping lane.
Once on location both lifeboats stood by ready to assist any casualties, but after the arrival of a tug from Boulogne, which took one of the vessels under tow, both lifeboats were stood down at 05.44am.
Although it was fortunate there were no casualties, the incident demonstrated how quickly the RNLI is able to respond to an incident in the world’s busiest shipping lane with the Ramsgate all weather lifeboat on the scene within 38 minutes of launching and the Dover all-weather lifeboat on location just over an hour after launching.
© Paul Cannon
Service Call 25
3rd July @ 19:21 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a dog cut off by the tide, below King George Park. 1 crew went ashore to help lift the dog up to it's owners. Once safely with it's owners the ILB returned to station.
© Mark Stanford
Service Call 26
4th July @ 10:55 ILB launched to a small local fishing boat with engine trouble, 1 mile off Ramsgate. Once along side the casualty, 2 ILB crew went aboard to assist with lifting his anchor. The ILB then passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour. One person on board.
© Brian Whitehead
Service Call 27 & 28
4th July @ 14:25 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a motor boat, taking on water off Broadstairs, with 2 persons on board. On scene the AWB managed to get one of our crew aboard the casualty to assess the water ingress. As the forward cabin was deep with water, the AWB attempted to transfer the salvage pump to the casualty, but due to the sea conditions it was decided not to continue. Our crewman aboard the casualty ascertained that the water was coming in from the forward hatches and made an attempt to seal them up. The casualty then made his own way into the harbour, escorted by the AWB. On approach to the harbour the ILB was requested as their salvage pump is smaller and easier to transfer and operate in limited space. Once in the harbour, alongside our berth, we then used both pumps to get as much water out as we could. The casualty was then able to make his own way to a pontoon.
© North East Spit Pilots
Service Call 29
5th July @ 07:48 ILB launched to a 15ft angling boat with engine failure at the back of the North pier. On scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty onto its berth in the harbour.
Service Call 30
8th July @ 18:20 ILB requested by UK Coastguard to a vessel aground up the river Stour. Due to tidal constraints the ILB was unable to even get in the river entrance, so the decision was made to take the AWB daughter boat (XP28) up by road to assist the casualty. On arrival the XP boat was set up, and with two crew made their way to the casualty vessel. Once alongside, one of the two persons on board the casualty was taken ashore, the remaining person choosing to stay aboard. The XP boat crew then assisted with putting out the casualties anchor, in order that the casualty vessel remains safe when the tide starts to rise. The XP boat was then made ready for returning by van to the Lifeboat Station.
© Ian Cannon
Service Call 31
10th July @ 15:49 ALB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a yacht with engine and electrical failure 2.8 miles NE of Ramsgate. Once at the position given there was nothing in sight so we contacted the casualty by mobile phone and got a second position from them. This position would have put them ashore at Pegwell Bay. We were then given a third position just outside the Ramsgate approach channel. Whilst heading towards this position, we again could not see any yacht, but spotted one very close to the North Sand Head (Goodwin Sands). Our Coxswain again contacted the casualty and instructed them to head North, away from the sand bank. Given a couple more minutes on their original course, they would have ended up aground. Once clear of the Goodwin Sands, the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into harbour.
© Mark Stanford
Service Call 32
13th July @ 09:06 ILB launched to the assistance of a small fishing boat off North Foreland, with a fouled propeller. The casualty had put his anchor down, but it stated dragging, putting the vessel in danger of drifting onto the rocks. On Scene the ILB immediately passed a line to the casualty and pulled it into safer water. They then transferred the tow to the bow of the casualty and towed it into Ramsgate harbour.
Service Call 33
17th July @ 20:05 ALB launched to the assistance of a motor cruiser with engine failure at the Broadstairs Knoll. On scene one of our crew went aboard the casualty to assist with lifting his anchor, as there was only one person on board. The ALB then passed a line to the casualty and towed it into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 34
18th July @ 18:44 ILB launched to a small motor yacht with electrical failure up the River Stour at Richborough, with two persons on board. The ILB passed a line and towed the casualty back to his berth in the Ramsgate inner basin.
Service Call 35 & 36
21st July @ 14:18 Both the AWB & ILB were launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a workboat 5.5 miles East of Ramsgate, which was experiencing difficulties.
© Richard Judge
Service Call 37
27th July @ 13:49 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to persons cut off by the tide at Stone Bay. As there was insufficient water for the ILB to reach the persons, the RNLI Lifeguards from Stone Bay brought the casualties to the ILB using their boards. Once on the ILB the casualties were then taken to Broadstairs and handed over to the RNLI Lifeguards there.
© Clive lawford
Service Call 38
27th July the ALB was launched to a yacht with engine failure in the harbour channel, unable to sail completely into the harbour. ALB passed a line and towed the casualty onto it's berth in the outer harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 39
27th July ALB relaunched immediately after call 38 to another yacht with no rudder off Dumpton Gap area. On scene the ALB passed a line and towed the casualty onto it's berth in the inner harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 40
30th July @ 16:12 ILB launched to the assistance of a yacht, having difficulty getting into harbour. ILB passed a line and towed casualty onto a berth in the harbour.
© David Zimmerman
Service Call 41
30th July @ 21:24 ALB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to an 11 m German yacht with engine failure, approximately 12 miles East of Ramsgate. On scene the ALB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate harbour.
Service Call 42 & 43
2nd August @ 16:19 ALB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 35ft yacht with engine failure, 5 miles East of Ramsgate. The two persons on board were unable to lower their main sail and needed assistance in getting into the harbour. Once on scene the ALB made many attempts in putting one of the crew aboard the casualty, but due to the wind (Force 6-7) and the sea swell, were unsuccessful. The decision was then made to launch the ILB which was able to safely lay alongside the casualty and transfer a crewman aboard. The ILB crewman was then able to lower the casualties main sail and attach the ILB tow rope. The casualty was then towed into Ramsgate Harbour.
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