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Ramsgate Lifeboat

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29th December 2016


Ramsgate launch to capsized fishing boat


Following the setting off of pagers at 7.43am on Wednesday 28 December both of Ramsgate RNLI's lifeboats were launched at the request of the UK Coastguard to a capsized fishing boat some 17 miles north east of the harbour.


In calm but cold and misty conditions crew aboard a passing vessel had spotted a man on top of the upturned hull of what was later found to be a capsized trawler and as well as rescuing the man they alerted the Coastguard. It was learned from the rescued man, who was later taken by the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Lydd to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, that the whereabouts of other crew aboard the trawler were unknown.


On arrival at the scene the Ramsgate lifeboats, the Trent class all weather lifeboat (AWB) Esme Anderson and the Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat (ILB) Claire and David Delves, firstly checked for any sounds made by the missing crew trapped within the upturned hull and having heard none the RNLI's volunteer crews commenced a search for the missing crew in a pattern directed by the UK Coastguard. The search was later joined by the RNLI all weather lifeboat based at Harwich.


Ramsgate ILB was stood down at around 1.00pm having reached the end of its operational range and subsequently a second crewman was located and taken aboard the Ramsgate's AWB from which the Lydd based Coastguard search and rescue helicopter transferred him to the William Harvey Hospital.


In the failing light of dusk the UK Coastguard suspended the search and the Ramsgate AWB returned to station, arriving at 5.19pm.

Photo Ian Cannon

19th December 2016


Ramsgate launch to exhausted sailor


Ramsgate RNLI's all weather lifeboat (AWB) was launched at 9.50am on Sunday, 18 December, at the request of the UK Coastguard.

The lifeboat crew were tasked to a yacht, about 10m. in length anchored to the North Thanet buoy, some 13 miles east of Ramsgate, and on arrival at the scene found a lone sailor suffering from exhaustion.


Once a tow line had been attached to the yacht the sailor was taken aboard the AWB, which then towed the yacht safely onto a berth in Ramsgate Harbour.


Photo Ian Cannon

17th December 2016


Shoppers at local Sainsbury's support Ramsgate Lifeboat


Fundraisers and crew members from Ramsgate RNLI raised £962.74 during a bucket collection at their Sainsbury's store on Friday 16 December..

The Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat was chosen as the local Sainsbury's store's 'Charity for the Year' during the summer of 2016 and the station's fundraisers have taken part in several events there since. The store's customers have always been generous in their support, however, the amount collected during the pre-Christmas collection amazed all involved. In addition to the amount collected RNLI souvenirs totalling £207.55 were sold.


Jan Pearce, the Ramsgate lifeboat fundraisers collection organiser, thanked the store management and staff for their support and all members of the public who had given so generously.

Photo: Jan Pearce with crew members Wayne Goldfinch, Simon Ellis and (centre) 3 Sainsbury's staff.

Photo Ray Noble

30th November 2016


Boat auction supports Ramsgate RNLI


Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Thanet District Council, has presented £470 to Ramsgate RNLI on behalf of local auctioneers Hobbs Parker.


The auction, facilitated by Hobbs Parker Auctioneers for the council at no cost, raised £470 for the Ramsgate Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity which relies entirely on voluntary contributions. The £470 represents the buyer’s fees attracted by council lots.


The auction not only facilitates the council selling abandoned boats, including those which have not adhered to council fees and charges for mooring in the harbour, but also creates an event where members of the public and businesses can enter maritime related lots for public auction.


Cllr Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing presented the cheque to Ramsgate’s RNLI Cox, Ian Cannon on Tuesday 22 November and he said: ‘This donation is a positive way to contribute to the Thanet community. I was delighted to be able to present the cheque in person to team members of Ramsgate RNLI, and also be given a tour of the boat house. I know the money will be put to good use.’ A further £4.49 was collected at the auction.


Photo: RNLI members, (from left) Phil Mace (Mechanic), Ian Cannon (Cox), Cllr Stummer-Schmertzing, and Paul Ionescu (Volunteer).

Photo TDC

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