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14 January 2017

 

Ramsgate launch to sinking cargo vessel

 

Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat (AWB) launched at 11.54pm yesterday to a 90m cargo vessel with seven crew aboard which had sent out a Mayday call reporting she was sinking 38 miles north east of Ramsgate in Force 9 north westerly winds.

As the AWB headed to the location the vessel sank with the crew taking to liferafts. Two other ships closer to the sinking vessel managed to rescue them all and from which they were subsequently airlifted to hospital by the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter based at Lydd. The UK Coastguard tasked the AWB crew to search for the sunken vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPERB) which they located and recovered and after being stood down returned to Ramsgate, arriving at 5.10am.

Whilst this launch was underway the UK Coastguard also requested, at 12.33am, the launch of Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) following a report of five people in the sea at Viking Bay, Broadstairs. The ILB crew searched the area with the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team carrying out a shoreline search. With nothing found both teams were stood down with the ILB returning to station at 1.45am.

12 January 2017

 

Ramsgate RNLI team saddened by supporter's death

 

All at Ramsgate Lifeboat station are sorry to learn of the recent death of long time supporter Warren Tuddenham and send their sympathies to his family.

Warren was an active and generous member of the station's fundraisers for many years, serving on the committee and holding the posts of treasurer and president.


Warren's funeral service is to be held at the Sailors Church, Military Road, Ramsgate Harbour at 12.30pm on Monday 23 January.

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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

3rd November 2016

 

Donation from St. Augustine's Golf Club

 

Thursday 3rd November saw representatives of Ramsgate Lifeboat attend the Ladies Section AGM at St. Augustine's Golf Club to collect a donation. Pictured left is Michael Bon, receiving a cheque for £639.35 from Pauline Goldsack, outgoing Ladies Captain. Thank you to all the ladies at St. Augustine's for their generous support of the RNLI in Ramsgate.

 

Photo Steve Burton

24th October 2016

 

Congratulations to two of our crew members

 

Congratulations from everyone at the Station to Mark Bray and Jodie Winch who have recently both 'passed out' as fully trained ILB Crew Members. This is in addition to already being fully trained AWB Crew Members. Their commitment and dedication, along with the rest of the volunteer crew is greatly appreciated by us all. Well done!!

Photos Steve Burton

12th September 2016

 

Award presentations

 

Members of the crew, fundraisers and management team and their families joined together at the boathouse in Sunday afternoon’s glorious sunshine to enjoy a barbecue and congratulate three of their colleagues who received RNLI service awards.

Pictured (l-r) are Harvey Cole, who was retiring from the crew after 15 years’ service, Ron Cannon who joined the crew in 1964 and was retiring after 51 years of service which included 25 years as cox’n and, latterly, the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager and Neil Morgan who was retiring as ILB crew but will be continuing as crew on the ALB.


Congratulations to all three!

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