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24th August 2017


Ramsgate Junior Fishing Competition raises money for the RNLI


Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat crew member Jason Parrott, also the owner of an angling boat, organised a 'Junior Fishing Challenge' which took place on 22 August with all money raised going to Ramsgate RNLI.


Fifty children took part in the competition and all were taken to sea off the local coast in nine local angling boats, the owners of which all provided their boats and time free of charge in support of the event. All fish caught were weighed and counted and returned to the sea alive.


During the early afternoon all involved in the competition came to the Ramsgate RNLI boathouse where refreshments were provided. Cups were awarded to class winners and everyone taking part in the competition was awarded a prize all of which were donated by local businesses and were presented by Ramsgate Coxswain Ian Cannon and Station Chairman Eric Burton.


By the end of the event some £2,200 had been raised with the final total anticipated to be in the region of £2,500 and, because of it's success it was announced that it was intended that the challenge will become an annual event.


All at Ramsgate RNLI would like to thank Jason Parrott for all his hard work, the boat owners for there time and support, all the competitors and all of the very generous donors who provided funding and prizes for the challenge.


Photo Sarah Hewes

14 August 2017


Busy Sunday at Ramsgate


Ramsgate RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched three times yesterday.


The first launch of the Claire and David Delves was at 3:23am following a report of a person in the water off Ramsgate’s main sands. The ILB crew searched using searchlights and a parachute flare and found the person, who was then taken to hospital for a check up.


At 11.27am the ILB launched again to a 5m. speedboat with engine failure off Broadstairs with two people on board. When on scene the RNLI crew passed a line to the speedboat which was towed safely into Ramsgate Harbour.


The final call of the day was 6.45pm when ILB Launched to an 11m. yacht with two people on board and engine failure, half a mile south of Ramsgate Harbour. When on scene the lifeboat transferred a crew member to the yacht to assist with the recovery of the yacht’s anchor. When this had been safely completed a rope was passed and the yacht towed safely (pictured) into Ramsgate Harbour.


Photo Mark Stanford

18th July 2017


Safety warning after sharp-eyed Kent lifeguards save walkers cut off by the tide


Visitors to the UK’s beaches are being urged to always seek advice about local tides and weather conditions after three teenage walkers were rescued by RNLI lifeguards and the Ramsgate inshore lifeboat yesterday (Thursday 27 July) afternoon.


Quick-thinking RNLI lifeguards Katie Fidock and Taine Carrick, who were patrolling Stone Bay at Broadstairs in Kent, raised the alarm at 1.30pm after realising that three people they had spotted walking across the sands towards Joss Bay, to the north of Broadstairs, had been cut off by the tide and were surrounded by water.


Katie immediately launched on her rescue board from Stone Bay to reach the three walkers and was soon joined by lifeguard Taine Carrick who launched from Viking Bay. However with the tide quickly rising and coming in fast, the RNLI lifeguards realised they were running out of time to get the three people to safety and the Ramsgate inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to assist.


The lifeguards remained with the two teenage boys and one girl to make sure they were safe before the lifeboat arrived. Taine and Katie then ferried the teenagers across to the ILB on their rescue boards.


‘This could so easily have ended in a tragedy if our lifeguards had not spotted the danger,’ said Area Lifesaving Manager James Uren. ‘This is a regular cut-off point when we get a high tide in the afternoon.’


‘People set off from Stone Bay trying to make it around the headland to Joss Bay and suddenly find that the tide is coming in much faster and the water is much deeper than they realise.’


He explained that the situation is made even more dangerous by the sea defences at Joss Bay which can act as a further barrier when they round the headland. ‘It’s a well- known pinch point,’ he said.


‘The walkers who were trying to get around to Joss Bay were fully clothed and had no intention of going into the water,’ added James. ‘It’s a fitting reminder that of the 190 people who drown in UK and Irish waters each year, more than half of them never intended to get wet.’


RNLI Community Safety Partner Guy Addington said a few safety tips could help prevent future incidents. ‘We have signage at each of our life-guarded beaches clearly highlighting the times of high tides and it’s important for people to realise that, particularly in this area, the water comes in very fast and people can find themselves cut off sometimes hours before the water reaches its peak.’


‘Our lifeguards receive world-class training which also includes detailed knowledge of local conditions, including tides and specific dangers and we’d urge anyone thinking of taking a walk across the sands to seek advice from them before setting off,’ he added.


Katie and Taine are two of more than 1,300 RNLI lifeguards who are patrolling 240 beaches across the UK and Channel Islands this summer. Katie, 18, is on her second season with the RNLI but for Taine, 16, it was his first rescue in what is his first season with the RNLI.


Last year RNLI lifeguards attended 17,414 incidents, helped 20,538 people and saved 127 lives.


RNLI (top) - RNLI lifeguards Katie Fidock and Taine Carrick
Clive Lawford (bottom) - Ramsgate Inshore Lifeboat returning to station

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