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3rd July 2017


Ramsgate RNLI thank Sainsburys for their support


All connected with Ramsgate lifeboat station wish to thank the management and staff at Sainsburys, Westwood Cross, store for their considerable support during the past year.


Since being chosen as the store’s ‘Charity of the Year’ in 2016, and thanks to the combined efforts of the store’s staff, Ramsgate RNLI crew members and the station’s fundraisers, a total of £6,227 has been raised. This amount included a total of £461.25 in RNLI souvenir sales during events and £879.78 raised at a recent Mayday event.


In a recent symbolic handover of a cheque the Sainsburys store’s PR Ambassador Becky Lane is pictured (front left) along with Jan Pearce and members of the Ramsgate crew. Jan, who both works at the store and is a member of Ramsgate Lifeboat Fundraisers, worked hard organising the ‘in store’ collections during the past year.


Photo John Ray

26th June 2017


SGN Community Action supports Ramsgate RNLI


Ramsgate RNLI’s thanks go to the six members of staff from SGN who spent Friday 23 June at the lifeboat station completing voluntary work for the charity.


The work, under the direction of Ramsgate lifeboat coxswain Ian Cannon, took place as part of the company’s Community Action Programme which encourages all employees to spend one working day each year carrying out voluntary work for a chosen charity. The volunteers (Stef Dalton, Jeff Birchall, Dave Lewis, Karen Goldsmith, Paul Hewitt), pictured aboard Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather Trent class lifeboat Esme Anderson, included Mark Bray (3rd. left) who is a Ramsgate lifeboat crew member.


In addition to this activity day SGN also presented Ramsgate RNLI with a cheque for £500 from its charitable Into Action fund to match fund the hours put in by Mark whilst carrying out his regular duties as a volunteer lifeboat crew member.


All at Ramsgate lifeboat station are very grateful for the support given by SGN.


Photo John Ray

17th June 2017

Retired Ramsgate coxswain Ron Cannon awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours


Ron, an active RNLI volunteer for 53 years and former coxswain of Ramsgate lifeboat, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the charity that saves lives at sea.


He was a crewmember of Ramsgate RNLI (one of the busiest stations in Britain) for 37 years – and the coxswain for 25 of those. During his time at the helm of Ramsgate lifeboat he was awarded two Silver Gallantry medals - the RNLI’s second-highest honour. Following family tradition, Ron joined Ramsgate lifeboat crew in 1964, and was appointed the station’s coxswain/mechanic in 1976, at the time the RNLI’s youngest coxswain. This was shortly before the arrival at the station of the RNLI’s Waveney class lifeboat Ralph and Joy Swann, a new and advanced lifeboat design based upon a vessel proven by the US Coastguard.


He was twice awarded the RNLI’s Silver Medal for his ‘truly outstanding seamanship and tremendous courage’ for rescues. The first was during the evening of Boxing Day 1985 when he and his volunteer lifeboat crew members managed to save a French trawler and its seven-man crew when the trawler had run aground in Ramsgate’s Pegwell Bay. The second was in November 1999, when he led his crew to rescue the three-person crew of a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands in difficult and dangerous conditions.


For each of these rescues he was also presented with The Maud Smith Award for that year’s bravest act of lifesaving by a lifeboat crew member.


Ron retired as coxswain in 2001 and was succeeded by his eldest son Ian. He maintained his association with Ramsgate lifeboat station firstly as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) and subsequently as Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) until he reached the RNLI’s required retirement age. His active support for the RNLI and the station continues, however, as President of the station’s management committee.


Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of the RNLI, said ‘Ron is an exceptional lifeboatman who has tirelessly served the RNLI and the local community of Ramsgate for over half a century. He is a courageous, dedicated and immensely generous volunteer who has always been willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. As such, he greatly deserves this prestigious honour.’


Photo John Ray

1st July 2017


Dover and Ramsgate lifeboats launched after a major collision in the English Channel.


The UK Coastguard called for the immediate launch of the Dover and Ramsgate RNLI all-weather lifeboats just after 2.15am on Saturday 1 July following reports that a container ship and crude oil tanker, with a total of 49 people on board the two vessels, had collided and were at a complete stop.


With initial reports of damage to at least one of the ships and the location of the incident in the south west channel of the busy main shipping lane, both RNLI vessels raced to the scene, approximately 15 miles north east of Dover, crewed by a total of 15 RNLI volunteers. Nine crew were on board the Dover Severn class lifeboat City of London 2 and six on board the Ramsgate Trent class lifeboat, Esme Anderson.


Meanwhile the UK Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 163 was on the scene to assess the damage to the vessels, a  48,580 ton,  183m long crude oil tanker, the Seafrontier, registered in Hong Kong and the Huayang Endeavour, a 75,000 ton bulk carrier measuring 225m long and also registered in Hong Kong. It is understood both vessels suffered damage in the collision with the Seafrontier having a hole above the water line and damage to the superstructure.


On reaching the ships, the Ramsgate lifeboat was tasked with standing alongside the Seafrontier while the Dover lifeboat stood ready to assist the Huayang Endeavour while a tug was called to the scene from Boulogne, France.


Both lifeboats were stood down at 05.44am by which time the tug was in assistance and the Seafrontier taken under tow.


The Ramsgate lifeboat was launched at 02.37am and on scene at 03.15am.  The Dover lifeboat was launched at 02.42am and was on the scene at 03.59am. Weather conditions at the time of the call-out showed a moderate wind and the state of the sea was calm.


Although it was fortunate there were no casualties, the incident demonstrated how quickly the RNLI is  able to respond to an incident in the world’s busiest shipping lane with the Ramsgate all weather lifeboat on the scene within 38 minutes of launching and the Dover all-weather lifeboat on location  just over an hour after launching.


Photos Paul Cannon/RNLI

14th June 2017


Ramsgate give late night assistance to trawler


At 11.37pm yesterday Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched to assist a trawler stuck fast to a submerged object some 4 miles off Ramsgate.


Once on the scene it became obvious that the trawler had picked up a very large rope around its propeller and rudder. One of the lifeboat crew was put aboard the trawler to give assistance and after some time was able to retrieve one end of the rope. The trawler skipper then put his engine astern and after a short time the rope came free from the propeller.


The rope was still attached to the trawler’s rudder so the end was transferred to the AWB, where the RNLI crew were able to pull it free using the lifeboat’s capstan. The skipper of the trawler then checked that all was well with his vessel and was able to carry on without further assistance. The AWB then returned to station.

14th June 2017

Ramsgate Lifeboat Operations Manager retires


Serving a company or organisation for 35 years is a significant achievement in anyone's books, but when it involves voluntary work for the RNLI it becomes altogether more noteworthy.


Ray Noble has been associated with the sea his entire life and during his time with Ramsgate RNLI served as crew, Deputy Launching Authority and Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM). Despite recently retiring from the lifeboat service as LOM, at age 70, he is certainly not giving up now. Lifelong friend, Bill Moses says 'Ray's dedication to the lifeboat and safety at sea are what legends are made of and the RNLI should be exceptionally proud of his commitment and devotion.'


In order to mark his retirement Bill Moses presented Ray with a cheque for £200 and a limited edition print depicting the Ramsgate lifeboat, Esme Anderson. The original print was the brainchild of celebrated local artist Robert Onion who created 10 limited edition prints, nine of which are to be sold for the benefit of Ramsgate lifeboat.


Anyone interested in purchasing one of the 9 prints should phone Ray on 01843 613764


Photo Steve Burton

7th June 2017


Ramsgate tow in yacht - with initial assistance from Humber


Ramsgate RNLI's all weather lifeboat was launched at 4.00pm on Monday last at the request of the UK Coastguard to assist a yacht which had lost engine power and was drifting towards the Thanet Offshore Windfarm.


First on the scene, however, was Humber RNLI's Severn class lifeboat 17-05 Pride of the Humber which was on passage from Grimsby to Dover and took the 17m. yacht, with four people on board, in tow.


Ramsgate RNLI's Trent class lifeboat 14-02 Esme Anderson arrived on scene at 4.40pm and the tow was transferred enabling the Humber boat to continue its passage. Ramsgate lifeboat towed the yacht safely onto a berth in Ramsgate Harbour.


Photo Steve Burton

6th June 2017

The Lifeboat Station Project visit


Photo Steve Burton


Today the Station was visited by Jack Lowe and The Lifeboat Station Project, so we took the opportunity to take a group photograph (above) of our volunteer crew and operational staff.


Jack is visiting all 238 RNLI Lifeboat Stations documenting each station using his 1905 tripod camera. He develops the photos onto glass plates using a process called Ambrotype which was introduced in the early 1850´s. This work is done on site in his mobile darkroom which is a decommissioned NHS ambulance. This means that the lifeboat crews have the delights of seeing the photos come to life there before their eyes.


The photo on the left, is one of the photos which Jack took during his visit of the Ramsgate Lifeboat Coxswain Ian Cannon.


Jack started his five year project in 2015 and you can follow his progress on his web site at


Photo Jack Lowe / The Lifeboat Station project


22nd May 2017


Ramsgate enjoys a successful Sea Safety Day


Local PCSO John Litchfield organised a very successful Sea Safety Day which took place yesterday in glorious sunshine along the lower prominade behind Ramsgate's Main Sands.


The successful event was well attended by the public and provided an opportunity for the representatives of the many national and local organisations that have an interest in beach and sea safety to chat to the public, offer advice and show off some of their equipment.


Representatives of both the RNLI's Lifeboats and Lifeguards were in attendance and the opportunity for many children to dress up in mini lifeboat crew or lifeguard clothing and sit aboard the lifeguard's personal water craft for a photo was a definite 'hit'. A highlight of the event for many people was the arrival off the Sands at 11.30am of Ramsgate RNLI's two lifeboats, the Trent class all weather lifeboat Esme Anderson and the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Claire and David Delves, which carried out a much appreciated demonstration.


Ramsgate RNLI's thanks go to John Litchfield for all of his hard work in organising such a successful day.


Photo Steve Burton

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19th May 2017


Mayday walkers raise money at Ramsgate


When members of the Royal Temple Yacht Club's monthly walking group saw the RNLI's corporate Mayday publicity asking them to 'do your bit' to 'fund our kit' they agreed to raise funds at their May walk.


After gathering at the yacht club in Ramsgate yesterday, and before setting off on their coastal walk, the walkers collected a total of £86.58. This was presented by the club's Commodore Andrew Beaumont-Hope to Ramsgate's volunteer lifeboat press officer John Ray who thanked the members of the Royal Temple Yacht Club for their continued, on-going, support.

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8th May 2017


Successful Mayday event at Ramsgate


Ramsgate lifeboat's fundraisers held a very successful fund raising and safety information event last Saturday in support of the RNLI's Mayday 'yellow welly' appeal.


The event was held at the local Sainsbury's Westwood store where the staff have chosen Ramsgate RNLI as their charity of the year. As well as the fundraisers members of the South East RNLI Lifeguard team, Ramsgate lifeboat crew and RNLI Education presenters were in attendance as well as volunteer staff from the RNLI shop selling souvenirs. Stormy Stan also came along, as usual proving to be a great attraction especially to the young customers wanting to say 'hello' and have there picture taken with him. Great support was shown by many of the store's customers who generously donated and purchased 'Yellow Welly' badges.


Our thanks go to the management and staff at the store for facilitating the event, to all those who helped and supported us on the day and especially to fundraiser Jan Pearce for all her hard work in organising the event.


Photo John Ray

24th April 2017


Northbourne Park School visits Ramsgate Lifeboat Station


One of the first school visits of 2017 at Ramsgate’s RNLI lifeboat station took place last Tuesday when pupils from the pre-prep ‘Rabbit’ class from Northbourne Park School visited.


The class who were spending the day learning about the work and some of the history of Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour spent over two hours at the boathouse for their pre-arranged visit. They were shown around the all weather and inshore lifeboats and were told about the work of the RNLI, meeting some of the Ramsgate lifeboat crew. After dressing up in some of the mini Musto crew and RNLI lifeguard kit for photo opportunities one young man on departure described his visit as ‘awesome’.


Such visits can only take place by pre-arrangement and for more information please contact the station’s press or visits officer.

Photo RNLI/Northbourne Park School



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