Ramsgate Lifeboat
Service Call 63
7th December @ 04:09 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist other emergency services (two fire engines a rescue team and police) at Ramsgate’s East Pier this morning after a man caught his leg in the Jubilee steps and ended up hanging upside down.

Using a rescue sling the attending emergency services managed to release the man from the steps and lower him safely into the ILB.

Once aboard the ILB he was then brought ashore and handed over to the awaiting ambulance.
Service Call 62
6th December @ 12:29 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 32.2m bean trawler with engine failure, 20 miles NE of Ramsgate, with 7 person on board. AWB was tasked to stand by the beam trawler ensuring its safety until a tug arrived on scene from Ramsgate. Once the tug arrived and were happy that the tow was attached, the AWB was released and returned to station. Weather on scene force 6-7.
Service Call 61
30th November @ 21:36 ILB requested by UK Coastguard to be at immediate readiness in case their assistance was required by other emergency personnel attending a situation. ILB stood down @ 22:00.
Service Call 60
25th October @ 05:20 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist Walmer Lifeboat who had been on scene since 02:00, with a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands, East of Walmer Lifeboat Station. As the crew of the yacht had been taken off by UK Coastguard helicopter, the Walmer Lifeboat transferred 2 of their crew aboard the yacht to assist with attaching a tow line and assess for any damage. By this time the yacht had re-floated and after having attached the line the Ramsgate AWB then towed the casualty to Ramsgate with Walmer Lifeboat escorting. Once inside Ramsgate Harbour the tow was transferred to Walmer Lifeboat who berthed the casualty onto a pontoon, allowing Ramsgate AWB to returned to station.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 59
11th November @ 00:55 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist with a multi agency operation.
Service Call 58
29th October @ 17:24 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a 10 year old child missing between Ramsgate Main sands and Dumpton Gap. The ILB carried out an extensive search utilising white illuminating flares, along with mobile Coastguard units covering the shore. After 40 minutes into the search it was reported and confirmed that the child was safely shore. ILB returned to station.
Service Call 57
25th October @ 05:20 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist Walmer Lifeboat who had been on scene since 02:00, with a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands, East of Walmer Lifeboat Station. As the crew of the yacht had been taken off by UK Coastguard helicopter, the Walmer Lifeboat transferred 2 of their crew aboard the yacht to assist with attaching a tow line and assess for any damage. By this time the yacht had re-floated and after having attached the line the Ramsgate AWB then towed the casualty to Ramsgate with Walmer Lifeboat escorting. Once inside Ramsgate Harbour the tow was transferred to Walmer Lifeboat who berthed the casualty onto a pontoon, allowing Ramsgate AWB to returned to station.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 56
24th October @ 15:48 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard after a report of a kit surfer in difficulty off the Ramsgate main beach. On scene the ILB crew found the kite surfer had managed to reach shallow water and made his own way ashore. After he was checked out by UK Coastguard mobile unit, the ILB returned to station.
Service Call 55
24th October @ 04:15 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 14m yacht with engine failure. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate.
Service Call 53 & 54
2nd October @ 12:27 Both boats launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a young child in the water at Broadstairs. ILB arrived on scene, just as the child was being recovered from the water by the police. The ILB offered assistance with casualty care but were not required as the police had it all under control. Both boats then returned to station.
Service Call 52
30th September @ 11:46 ILB launched to 2 persons cut off by the tide near Stone Bay. On scene the ILB attempted to veer in twice but found the anchor would not hold, so decided to get in as close as possible and put a crew member in the water who then made his way to the casualties. Once casualties were fitted with lifejackets the ILB made a second approach allowing the casualty to make her way to the boat with the assistance of the crewman who was in the water. Crewman then returned to the second casualty and once the ILB was close enough inshore, made his way back to the boat with the second casualty. The ILB then returned to station with the 2 casualties where they were able to get out of their wet clothes and dry themselves. Casualties were then fitted with bear suits whilst their clothes were drying in the station dryer.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 51
29th September @ 15:24 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 62ft ketch with engine failure, 3 miles East of Ramsgate with 11 Persons on board. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 50
23rd September @ 14:16 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 42ft yacht with engine failure at the end of the Ramsgate Approach Channel. On scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 49
4th September, immediately after completing Service Call 48, the AWB was re-tasked by UK Coastguard to a yacht with engine failure 26 nautical miles NE of Ramsgate. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty vessel into Ramsgate harbour. Wind on scene Force 9.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 48
4th September @ 05:19 AWB tasked by UK Coastguard to an 18m Ketch at anchor with engine failure at the end of the approach channel. On scene the AWB passed a line and after the skipper of the ketch ditched his anchor, towed it into Ramsgate.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 46 & 47
31st August @ 17:13 Both boats launched to a 10m yacht with one person on board, taking on water 23 miles East of Ramsgate. ILB arrived on scene first and put one crew member aboard to give assistance dropping the sails and assessing the water ingress. Once AWB arrived they passed a line to the casualty and commenced the tow back to Ramsgate with the ILB crewman remaining aboard the casualty vessel. AWB and casualty arrived back in Ramsgate at 22:35
Service Call 45
30th August @ 02:01 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a person in the water up the river Stour near the fire station. Before the ILB entered the river entrance a report came in that the person had been retrieved from the water by the attending fire rescue service. ILB returned to station.
Service Call 44
22nd August @ 06:15 ILB launched to the assistance of a catamaran with engine failure in the river Stour near Pfizers with 2 persons on board. ILB attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 43
20th August @ 14:13 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report from an RNLI Lifeguard of a person cut off by the tide at Stone Bay. Once on scene, a further report came in that the person had entered the water fully clothed. The ILB then carried out an extensive search along the shore line and further out to sea for an hour and 45 minutes, with Coastguard mobile unites who were also in attendance, searching along the cliff tops. A decision was then made by the coastguard that the person had more than likely made his own way to the next bay and to safety before the ILB arrived on scene. ILB then released and returned to station.
Service Call 41
17th August @ 21:56 ILB was requested to assist a small dinghy with engine failure, which was assisting with the search from Service Call 40. Once sufficient depth of water was achieved the ILB recovered the dinghy and towed it to safety.
Service Call 40 & 42
17th August @ 14:11 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist in a multi-agency search for a missing 6 year old who had fallen in the river Stour near Richborough. The ILB carried out an extensive search, with 3 crew changes during the night, returning to station at 01:00 Sunday morning. The ILB relaunched at 04:30 Sunday morning and continued the search, again changing crew 3 times, until a multi-agency decission was made to return the ILB at 17:00.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 39
12th August @ 17:32 ILB launched to the assistance of a small yacht aground on the Quern Bank. ILB arrived on scene, attached a line and towed the casualty into deeper water. Once happy tha the casualty vessel was ok, the ILB released the tow and escorted the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour and assisted in mooring along side a pontoon.
Service Call 38
11th August @ 15:39 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 6m yacht with two persons on board, both severely sea sick just off the harbour entrance. On scene, one of the ILB crew went aboard the casualty vessel and skippered it into Ramsgate harbour under its own power and berthed it on a pontoon.
Service Call 37
9th August @ 13:15 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard for assistance.
Service Call 36
8th August @ 14:17 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 6m yacht with failed steering reportedly 2 miles South of Ramsgate harbour. ILB checked the area thoroughly and asked the Coastguard for confirmation of the position. The ILB then started making its way down towards Deal and found the casualty 1 mile from Deal Pier, where they attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate harbour.
Service Call 35
3rd August @ 17:16 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a yacht with engine failure at the end of the Ramsgate Approach Chanel. On scene the ILB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 34
3rd August @ 15:26 ILB launched to the assistance of a person shouting for help under port control under the landing. On scene the person managed to climb up the harbour wall by him self. ILB returned to station.
Service Call 33
1st August @ 12:52 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a small yacht with engine failure off Broadstairs. On scene the ILB found the casualty yacht being towed by another yacht and took over the tow. The casualty was then brought into Ramsgate harbour.
Service Call 32
29th July @ 13:41 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of missing persons from an inflatable toy off Foreness Point. Margate ILB & Rescue 163 (Coastguard Helicopter) were already on scene. Ramsgate ILB were tasked with searching between Foreness Point & Palm Bay for persons in the water. During this search a message was received that the persons had been found by other assets. ILB was then released by UK Coastguard to return to station.

Text from Margate Lifeboat Facebook:-

"The inshore lifeboat from Margate quickly located an empty inflatable toy off Foreness but with no children on board. The ILB then recovered the father of the children from the water who was totally distraught. A passing pleasure craft indicated to the lifeboat that another pleasure craft further to seaward had picked up two children from the water and father and children were reunited on board the Margate ILB. It was established that the other two adults involved, the childrens grandparents, had returned to shore unaided.

An RNLI lifeguard from Botany Bay who paddled out to the first pleasure craft was taken on board the lifeboat and along with the survivors taken to Botany Bay. The coastguard had meanwhile called an ambulance and it is believed (not confirmed) that the children were taken to hospital as a precaution."
Service Call 31
25th July @ 12:11 ILB launched to the assistance of 4 persons cut off by the tide at the back of the East Pier (1 adult, 3 children) ILB got the 4 casualties aboard and landed them on the Ramsgate main sands.
Service Call 30
23rd July @ 15:27 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of 2 persons cut off by the tide between Stone Bay and Joss Bay. On scene the ILB could find no persons in difficulty so carried out a shore line search between the two bays and up to Kingsgate. Coastguard were then happy for the ILB to return to station, carrying out a shore line search as they went.
Service Call 29
23rd July@ 09:15 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist the police with an incident at the Western Undercliff.
Service Call 28
22nd July @ 11:21 ILB launched to the assistance of a 12.5m yacht aground on the Quern Bank with one person on board. The casualty was concerned that damage was being done to the keel and hull, as the Quern Bank is made up of flints. Once the casualty sail was lowered the ILB escorted the casualty into deeper water, and after checking for water ingress, escorted him into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 27
20th July @ 12:53 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to assist other emergency services in Pegwell Bay.
Service Call 26
14th July @ 16:08 ILB launched to a 23ft yacht aground in sandwich bay. Arriving on scene the ILB crew could see the yacht bouncing on the bottom. ILB approached the yacht and escorted it into deeper water, but as the yacht wasn't making any headway against the tide, towed it into Ramsgate Harbour, where it was able to moor up under its own power.
Service Call 25
10th July @ 12:04 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a yacht on fire with a view to towing it back to Ramsgate. Whilst the AWB made its way to the casualty a pilot boat passing by saw the vessel alight and headed in its direction. The pilot boat then retrieved the four persons from their liferaft, took them aboard, along with their liferaft, and brought them back to Ramsgate. Also during this time a wind farm vessel had arrived on scene and using their fire hose, attempted to put the fire out. Once the AWB arrived on scene they set up two further fire hoses and assisted in trying to put the fire out. After 3/4 hour of hosing the vessel down which was still burning in some areas, it took on sea water, as the level of the hull had burnt to the sea level and unfortunately sank.
Photo taken from onboard the Esme Anderson by Coxswain Ian Cannon
Service Call 24
9th July @ 11:22 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 17m yacht with power failure and 3 persons on board, close to Margate sands. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI
Service Call 23
6th July @ 14:10 ILB launched to an 18ft yacht with engine failure, one person on board off Ramsgate main beach. As the yacht had spent the last two nights on the beach it was decided that the ILB should tow the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour. On scene the ILB passed a line and carried out the tow.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 22
3rd July @ 18:56 ILB launched to a yacht aground 1/2 mile NE of B2 bouy. On scene the crew spoke to the owner who was more than happy to await the rising tide and flot off without assistance. UK Coastguard were informed and released ILB to return to station.
Service Call 21
30th June @ 18:23 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a kit surfer in difficulty by the Western end of the Southern harbour breakwater. ILB arrived on scene and found the kite surfer had managed to climb onto the rocks. One of the ILB crew were put ashore to check the kite surfer for any injuries. The kite surfer was ok but was unable to find his kit board. Crew member returned to the ILB which then carried out a search for the missing board, but unfortunately it was not found. UK Coastguard then released the ILB, which returned to station.
Service Call 20
29th June @ 14:58 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 37ft yacht aground 3 miles South of Ramsgate Harbour. On scene the ILB crew passed a line to the casualty and attempted to tow the yacht into deeper water, but with no success as the yacht was hard aground, with a dropping tide. The ILB crew then took the casualties anchor, which was still attached to the yacht, and made it fast so that when the tide came in, the casualty wouldn't drift about. The yacht was then checked for damage and water ingress, which there was none, and as the crew aboard the yacht were happy to wait for the tide to make the Coastguard released the ILB to return to station.
Service Call 19
25th June @ 15:36 the AWB launched to a local angling boat with a fouled propeller. On scene it was discovered that it was his anchor rope that was fouling the propeller, with the anchor firmly held on the sea bed. The crew of the AWB managed to grab the anchor rope with a grapnel and using our capstan, managed to retrieve the anchor. After passing a line to the casualty the AWB towed the casualty back to Ramsgate, straight into the travel hoist, where the remainder of the anchor rope could be removed.
Photo by Sarah Hewes
Service Call 17 & 18
23rd June @ 17:04 Both AWB & ILB were requested by UK Coastgurd to a yacht aground in the River Stour entrance. On scene the AWB was unable to get to the casualty as only 1m of water was present. The ILB, however, was able to reach the casualty, passed a line and towed it into deeper water. Both Lifeboats then returned to station.
Photo by Steve Burton
Service Call 16
23rd June @ 13:59 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report, from a member of the public, of 2 children with bikes in difficulty in the Pegwell Bay Mud. ILB left Ramsgate harbour with the AWB's XP boat aboard, as it can reach shallower waters. Once on scene the ILB crew could not find anyone so at the request of UK Coastguard carried out a shore line search. Further information came from the first informant, that the two children had started to make their way towards Ramsgate. The ILB was then asked to stand by until confirmation that the children were safe. A report then came in from the local mobile Coastguards that 2 lorry drivers has spotted two very muddy children walking ashore to Ramsgate. ILB was then released and returned to station.
Photo by Steve Burton
Service Call 15
22nd June @ 14:06 ILB launched to a dinghy with two children on board, with an outboard engine with cooling problems. ILB arrived on scene, checked that everyone was ok and landed them back to the slipway at the Western Under Cliff. ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 14
20th June @ 13:41 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a report of a person cut off by the tide North of Stone Bay. ILB found the casualty and after having checked for depth & rocks, pushed the ILB up to the cliff edge, allowing the casualty to get aboard. ILB then took the casualty into Broadstairs and once she was safely ashore, made their way back to Ramsgate.
Photo by Karen Cox
Service Call 13
15th June @ 18:00 The assistance of the Ramsgate RNLI was required to assist a 14 year old girls stuck in the mud at the crosswall. We used our XP boat, our stretcher and a stretcher from a wind farm vessel to gain access to the casualty. 2 of our crew made their way to the casualty and got her into one of the stretchers. She was then pulled to the XP boat and transferred to the Western pontoon, where she was handed over to the awaiting ambulance along with one of our crew who had ingested some of the mud and was feeling unwell. All found to ok with no serious problems.
Photo by Ramsgate RNLI/Jason Crome
Service Call 12
5th June @ 08:23 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard after a 32ft yacht with one person aboard, was reported by Ramsgate Port Control, aground on the Quern Bank. ILB arrived on scene, passed a line and towed the casualty vessel into safer water. The ILB then released the tow, allowing the vessel to carry on its passage
Service Call 11
29th May @ 23:14 AWB launched at the request of UK coastguard to an 8m yacht 9 miles North of North Foreland, with 2 persons on board, a lost sail and no navigational equipment operational. On scene the AWB passed a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Royal Harbour.
Service Call 10
24th May @ 19:00 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a 10m cabin cruiser with 3 persons on board, broken down 0.4 miles off North Foreland. Once on scene the AWB passed a line and once the casualty had retrieved their anchor, towed them into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by visiting RNLI crewman Andrew Stanley from Siloth, Cumbria
Service Call 9
11th May @ 07:17 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a Mussel boat with engine failure 20 miles off Ramsgate. On scene the crew passed a line and due to the tidal direction and strength, towed the casualty vessel into Dover Harbour. Once safely alongside, the AWB returned to Ramsgate.
Service Call 8
10th May @ 14:04 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to two persons cut off by the tide at Kingagate Bay. ILB crew assisted the casualties onto the ILB and took them to Broadstairs harbour. ILB then returned to station.
Service Call 7
6th May @ 11:52 ILB launched to 3 persons (one adult & 2 children) cut off by the tide at Stone Bay. ILB crew recovered the casualties to the ILB and landed them at Broadstairs.
Service Call 6
4th May @ 20:28 ILB launched to the assistance of a yacht 1/2 mile South East of Ramsgate Harbour, 3 persons on board with engine trouble. ILB arrived on scene, attached a line and towed the casualty into the harbour and moored it alongside the breakwater pontoon.
Service Call 5
1st May @ 20:42 ILB requested by UK Coastguard to assist with a person suspected to be in the water at Pegwell Bay. The ILB carried out an extensive search until a message was received that the person was safely ashore. ILB was then stood down and returned to station.
Service Call 4
28th April @ 02:33 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to search for an activated EPIRB (Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon) in the Sandwich Bay Area. ILB searched the area using the onboard DF (direction finder, which locks onto a radio signal and indicated its direction). Once it had been established that the signal was coming from inland, the ILB was stood down by UK Coastguard and returned to station.
Service Call 3
28th March @ 06:07 ILB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a motor cruiser with engine failure in Sandwich Bay. ILB arrived on scene, attached a line and towed the casualty into Ramsgate Harbour.
Service Call 2
5th March @ 10:25 ILB tasked at the request of UK Coastguard to search for a person suspected to be in the water between Ramsgate Main Sands and Botany Bay. Margate ILB were also assisting with the search along with mobile Coastguard units. After an extensive search, the ILB was released by UK Coastguard and returned to station.
Photo by Mark Stanford
Service Call 1
21st February @ 14:53 AWB launched at the request of UK Coastguard to a local boat with steering problems. AWB arrived on scene to find the vessel had partially regained some steering, so as a precaution the AWB escorted the vessel into Ramsgate Harbour.
Photo by Karen Cox
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