Service Reports 2018
Service Call 1 & 2
27th January @ 15:35 ILB was requested by UK Coastguard to the assistance of a 45 ft yacht aground at the Goodwin Sands. On scene the ILB crew determined that due to the sea swell and wind conditions, the AWB would be required to tow the yacht into harbour. At 15:52 UK Coastguard requested that the AWB launched to assist with the tow. On arrival on scene, the AWB passed a line to one of the ILB crew members that was onboard the casualty. Once the tow was ready, the yacht, with the assistance of the ILB crew member, winched the yachts anchor aboard. Once completed the AWB then towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
© Ian Cannon
Service Call 3
29th January @ 08:08 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a person in distress in the water opposite the Turner Centre - Margate. Margates own ILB was off service due to delamination. Whilst ILB was making its way to the scene, other shore based emergency services were able to get the person out of the water. ILB was then stood down by the Coastguard and returned to station.
Service Call 4
3rd February @ 16:42 AWB launched to the assistance of a small power boat with engine failure, one person on board, at the end of the harbour approach channel. On scene a line was passed to the casualty and then towed into Ramsgate Harbour, where it was moored alongside with the assistance of 2 of the AWB crew.
Service Call 5
1st April @ 11:23 ILB 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. ILB arrived promptly on scene and put one of their crew ashore to assist with the casualties. Once all 3 casualties were safely aboard the ILB, 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 in their hiking boots. 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.
Service Call 6
2nd April @ 12:01 The ILB was launched at the request of UK Coastguard, after receiving a call from a member of the public to the same area as yesterday’s rescue to a report of lady and dog cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap. Having searched the area for some time, they were then informed by a person ashore that everyone was safely ashore. The Coastguard then released the Inshore Lifeboat to return to station.
With the weather warming up please ensure that if you are walking along the coast that you check the tide table first and have a means of calling assistance.
Service Call 7
7th April @ 15:30 ILB launched to the assistance of a Jet Ski, in difficulty off Sandwich Bay. On scene, the ILB attached a line and towed the jet ski back to shore.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 8
19th April @ 12:57 ILB launched to two persons and a dog, cut off by the tide at Dumpton Gap. On scene the ILB found that the two persons had managed to make their own way round to a safe area. The dog however, which was afraid of water was still cut off by the tide. The ILB crew attempted to get to the dog, but were unable to. A mobile Coastguard unit were on scene and managed, from land, to lift the dog to safety. Once all three were safe the ILB returned to station.
Service Call 9
20th April @ 19:55 ILB launched to a small yacht reported to be close to running aground at the back of the harbour breakwater. On arrival on scene the ILB crew found the yacht to be at anchor and fishing and in no danger. ILB then returned to station. False alarm with good intent.
Service Call 10
22nd April @ 08:40 AWB launched to a report of a body floating in the turning circle off Ramsgate Harbour, spotted by a member of the public out for a walk along the Western Pier. AWB recovered the body and returned to station.
Service Call 11
22nd April @ 17:25 ILB launched to two children in an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea from Joss Bay. ILB reached the dinghy with the two children and towed it back to the beach.
Service Call 12
22nd April on leaving Joss Bay after Service Call 11, the ILB was then tasked to a yacht with engine failure off Broadstairs. On scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 13 & 14
30th April @ 11:25 Both ILB & ALB launched to a report of 3 persons washed off the harbour wall, under port control. The ILB arrived on scene and found two persons in the water whom they managed to get aboard and brought back to the Lifeboat Station into the care of the awaiting paramedics. The ILB then went back to the scene to get the third person who was on the harbour wall with injuries. The ILB laid alongside the wind farm support vessel Amethyst which was assisting with the incident and used the vessel to get up onto the harbour wall. The casualty was then placed in an RNLI stretcher and transferred to the Amethyst who then brought him to the Lifeboat Station, where he was handed over to the paramedics. The ILB & Amethyst returned to the scene as a fourth person was spotted, sheltering from the weather and was transferred to the Amethyst, then to the ILB. He was then brought back to the Lifeboat Station to warm up. Units involved: 3 ambulance crews, 2 air ambulances, 1 Coastguard Helicopter and several police. Weather on scene: Force 9 with heavy rain.
Service Call 15 & 16
30th April @ 12:36 Both boats launched by UK Coastguard to a report of a wind surfer in difficulty between Dumpton Gap & Viking Bay. On scene the Lifeboats were informed that the casualty was a surfer and that he was safely ashore. ILB returned immediately to the Lifeboat Station, whilst the ALB awaited further instructions from UK Coastguard. Once the Coastguard were sure that the reported casualty was safe, the ALB was released and returned to station.
© Malcolm Kirkaldie
Service Call 17
2nd May @ 22:25 ILB launched to a yacht on the sand, outside oh harbour under Port Control. Once on scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into the harbour and assisted with berthing.
Service Call 18
5th May @ 11:04 AWB Launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a sighting of a lifejacket 18 miles off Ramsgate, reported by Polish Warship. On scene the AWB carried out an extensive search and found an orange float and shortly after a fish box. After continuing the search under the instruction of UK Coastguard the AWB was eventually stood down @ 14:58 and returned to station.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 19
6th May @ 14:21 AWB launched to a 31ft cruiser at the beginning of the harbour channel with engine failure with 3 persons on board. AWB took the casualty under tow and brought it into the harbour and onto a berth.
Service Call 20
10th May @ 10:56 AWB Launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a guard vessel 28 miles off Ramsgate with engine room fire. The casualty vessel was at this time under escourt by the Dunkirk Lifeboat and another guard vessell. Once on scene, there was no sign of fire which was brought under control by the crew onboard the casualty. As the casualty vessel was making way, the AWB escorted it back to Ramsgate, where it was berthed in the outer harbour and attended by the Fire Brigade.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 21
15th May @ 09:47 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 34ft yacht with 7 persons on board, with engine failure 11 miles NNE of Ramsgate. AWB arrived on scene, attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 22
15th May @ 20:37 ILB launched to the assistance of a 32ft motor boat with 3 persons on board with gearbox failure, just outside the harbour. ILB arrived on scene, passed a line and towed the casualty into the harbour.
Service Call 23
18th May @ 09:09 AWB launched to a fishing vessel with engine failure 5 miles NE of Ramsgate. ON scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
© Mark Stanford
Service Call 24
25th May @ 10:46 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a missing person. ILB tasked to carry out a shoreline search from Ramsgate main sands to North Foreland. Whilst carrying out their search it was reported and confirmed that the person was found safely ashore. ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 25
28th May @ 16:16 AWB launched to a yacht 12miles NE of North Foreland with engine failure. Once on scene the AWB searched the area but found nothing. The AWB remained on scene until released by UK Coastguard.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 26 & 27
28th May @ 16:26 ILB launched by UK Coastguard to a small pleasure boat with engine failure in Sandwich Bay, who was being assisted by a friend, who was running low on fuel. ILB took some fuel out to the friend so that he could make his own way back to harbour, then proceeded to the first casualty, passed a line and towed him into Ramsgate Harbour. The ILB was then tasked to the second casualty as he had now run out of fuel and was in danger of running aground. ILB again passed a line and towed the second casualty into Harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 28
29th May @ 00:04 ILB launched by UK Coastguard to a report of a missing person, suspected to have gone in the water from Ramsgate Main Beach. The ILB carried out a shoreline search between the main beach and Dumpton Gap and back again. They then carried out a search down to the Western Undercliff and back to the harbour, where they searched the turning circle, ferry berths, breakwater and outer and inner marina. The Police and local Mobile Coastguard teams were also on scene, carrying out shore based searches. After an hour & a half the ILB was stood down by UK Coastguard.
Service Call 29
8th June @ 06:27 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist Paramedics with a person that had gone over the cliff between Dumpton Gap & Broadstairs. ILB stood by until the person was air lifted by Rescue 163 (Helicopter). ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 30
11th June @ 05:33 AWB launched to the assistance of a 31ft yacht with engine failure near the NE Goodwin buoy. Once on scene the AWB requested that the casualty pulled their anchor up, but were unable to. The AWB then got the casualty to loop the tow rope around their anchor chain, which enabled the AWB to pull the anchor free from the sea bed, Allowing the casualty to retrieve their anchor. Once this was completed the AWB was then able to tow the casualty into harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 31
12th June @ 19:35 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a swimmer in the water, calling for help, near Winterstoke. When ILB arrived on scene the person was found ashore in the care of paramedics, but the ILB was asked to search the area to ensure that there was no wreckage, etc from a small boat. Once they had completed the requested search, the ILB was released and returned to station.
Service Call 32
16th June @ 15:12 ILB launched to the assistance of a kite surfer in difficulty in Pegwell Bay, reported by a member of the public. On scene the ILB found the kite safely ashore with an instructor and the kite surfer walking ashore. After communications with UK Coastguard, the ILB returned to station. False alarm with good intent.
Service Call 33
17th June @ 15:39 ILB was launched to yet another kite surfer, reported to be in difficulty in Pegwell Bay. The ILB searched the area thoroughly at the request of UK Coastguard, who later informed the ILB that the first informant had sighted the kite surfer safely ashore. Another false alarm with good intent.
Service Call 34
24th June @ 12:57 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a local angling boat with a person on board suffering from a severe Weever Fish www.glaucus.org.uk/weever2.htm sting to both hands. Once on scene the casualty was taken aboard the AWB where casualty care was carried out immediately and after transferring a person aboard the casualty vessel, made way back to harbour. Once alongside in the harbour, the casualty was taken straight to A&E by the station mechanic as the ambulance service was extremely busy.
Service Call 35
25th June @ 22:19 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist the fire service with two dogs that had gone over the cliff at Dumpton Gap. Once on scene the ILB was tasked with a shoreline search, but in the meantime the fire service had safely recovered one of the dogs, but the search for the second one continued. After about an hour UK Coastguard released the ILB, as the fire service required no further assistance. ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 36
30th June @ 12:35 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of 8 people cut off by the tide at Joss bay. Margate AWB was passing the area and stood by whilst the Ramsgate ILB made its way to the scene. Also at the scene was an RNLI Lifeguard from Stone bay, who was giving safety advise to the persons cut off. The ILB remained on scene until after the mobile Coastguard Unit arrived on scene and opened the gate at the bottom of the steps, allowing the people to reach safety. The ILB then took the lifeguard aboard the ILB and returned him to Stone bay. ILB then returned to station.
© Sarah Hewes
Service Call 37 & 38
1st July @ 13:21 Both Ramsgate Lifeboats, along with Margates ILB were launched by UK Coastguard to a report from a member of the public of 50 persons cut off by the tide at Botany Bay. Once on scene the Margate ILB and an RNLI Lifeguard went into the beach and spoke with the people concerned and decided after discussion with all agencies involved, that the safest course of action was to leave them where they were, as the tide wouldn't cover the entire beach and no lives were at risk. The people on the beach were more than happy to continue where they were and await the tide ebbing. Once the Lifeboats left the scene, the RNLI Lifeguard kept a close watch to ensure they didn't get into any danger.
© Harry Hughes RNLI crew
Service Call 39 & 40
3rd July @ 20:51 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report from a member of the public of 2 missing swimmers off the Ramsgate main beach. ILB carried out an extensive search along the shoreline along with the mobile Coastguards. At 21:35 UK Coastguard requested the launch of the AWB due to failing light, along with the Coastguard Helicopter. All 3 assets carried out extensive searches, until a report came in from the Coastguard mobile unit, that the two swimmers were safely ashore, after having enjoyed a cooling swim. False alarm with good intent.
Service Call 41
6th July @ 17:39 ILB launched to a RIB by the No. 5 buoy with a fouled prop. on scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into harbour.
© Sarah Hewes
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