Service Reports 2017

Ramsgate Lifeboat

 In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

Service Call 1

17th January @ 12:23 ILB launched to the assistance of a local angling boat with difficulty starting their engine, off Broadstairs. On leaving the harbour entrance a small boat was spotted off Winterstoke heading towards Ramsgate. It was the casualty vessel which had managed to start their engine, so the ILB escorted them into the harbour.

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

23rd January @ 12:21 ILB launched to a report of a body off Broadstairs. On approaching Broadstairs the Coastguard contacted the ILB crew to stand down and return to station as it was a false alarm with good intent.

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.

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