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19th March 2017


Cheque donation to Ramsgate Lifeboat


Thanks to the fundraising efforts of two local businesses and the support of three local councillors cheques totalling £900 were presented to Ramsgate RNLI on Friday 17 March.


Local artist and owner of Ramsgate’s York Street Gallery, Mike Samson, agreed to donate one of his paintings for a raffle organized by Paul and Clare Ionescu, proprietors of the harbour-side café/bar ‘Coco Latino’ to raise funds for Ramsgate RNLI.


On the night of the raffle draw at the café/bar local town and district councillors Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing and Janet Falcon attended and, being impressed by the fundraising work done and in support of the cause, offered to help using their charity fund. Their colleague, town and district councillor Sarah Larkins, subsequently also expressed a wish to help and all concerned raised the excellent sum of £900. The cheque was received on behalf of the station by Lifeboat Operations Manager Ray Noble and Crew/ILB Helmsman Wayne Goldfinch.


Pictured on board Ramsgate lifeboat are (l – r) Paul (also a station shore helper), Sarah, Ray, Mike, Clare, Janet, Hunter and Wayne.


Photo John Ray

13th February 2017


Ramsgate attend 'Channel Dash' anniversary ceremony


On Sunday 12 February Ramsgate RNLI’s all weather lifeboat Esme Anderson visited the inner harbour in support of the commemoration of the 75th. anniversary of the ‘Channel Dash’.

The ceremony held around the memorial in Ramsgate Royal Harbour’s Pier Yard was attended by many including RNLI past Chairman The Lord Boyce who is Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.


Following the ceremony the lifeboat accompanied the classic US Navy Patrol Boat P22 to the turning circle outside the harbour to lay a wreath in memory of those lost on both sides during the operation.


Photo Steve Burton

10th March 2017


RNLI Kent Coast Challenge


On the 25th of March 2017, three serving Whitstable Lifeboat crewmen, Adrian, Steve and Oz, are running a 118 mile relay around the coast of Kent. Starting at Gravesend RNLI station, the run will visit each Kent RNLI station as well as Leysdown Lifeguard Station en route to Dungeness RNLI.


The aim of the challenge to promote awareness of the Respect The Water campaign and raise money for the RNLI: the charity that saves lives at sea. Each runner will take on a leg of the run, between 10-14 miles at a time, before ‘handing the baton’ over to the next runner. If you think of a marathon and a half each… you won’t be far wrong!


The challenging 118 mile course will pass all Lifeboat stations in Kent. The three intrepid runners will be supported by other volunteers from the Whitstable Lifeboat Station along the route; manning the support vehicles, offering kind words and wisdom and very possibly cake! If anyone would like to don their trainers to run a mile with the guys the support would be greatly received.


(Times updated 11/03/2017)


Gravesend RNLI - 03:00

RNLI Sheerness lifeboat - 07.30

Leysdown Lifeguard Station: 09.15

Whitstable Lifeboat Station - 10.00

RNLI Margate lifeboat - 13.40

RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat - 15.00

RNLI Walmer Lifeboat - 17.28

Dover RNLI Lifeboat Station - 19.00

Littlestone Lifeboat Station - 22.28

RNLI Dungeness Lifeboat station - 23.00


Check on the progress of the runners using the live tracking facility on the dedicated RNLI Kent Coast Challenge page at


Donantion can be made at

11th February 2017


'Francis Forbes Barton' returns to East Kent


The Francis Forbes Barton is a 1896 Lifeboat built by Rutherfords of Birkenhead and served at Broadstairs from 1897 to 1912 when the station was closed.

She then saw service through the Great War at North Deal before being sold out of service in 1926. She is a rare survivor - possibly the second or third oldest surviving lifeboat and has returned 'home' for a full and sympathetic restoration after which it is planned that she will go on public display near her old station in Broadstairs.


The lifeboat was transported by road from Lincolnshire, where she has rested, uncared for over the past seven years, back to a temporary home in Ramsgate Harbour on 10 February thanks to the efforts of a newly formed group of local RNLI enthusiasts, 'The Friends of Francis Forbes Barton'. She is in poor condition but with tender loving care and hopefully the support of national and local funding, she will return to her former glory thus reflecting and remembering the brave crews who manned her all those years ago both at Broadstairs and Deal.

Photo Sarah Hewes

29th January 2017


Successful SOS day for Ramsgate


Ramsgate RNLI's team had a successful day collecting a total of £755.50 at their local Sainsbury's superstore last Saturday.

Members of the crew and the station's fundraisers group spent the day at the store in support of the RNLI's SOS Day appeal where they additionally sold £114.40 worth of RNLI souvenirs.


Sarah Hewes, chair of Ramsgate's fundraisers, thanked all who had helped on the day with special thanks to the store's management and staff for allowing the collection and, above all, the store's customers who had so generously donated.


Photo: Crew member Simon Ellis, fundraiser Joan Jenkins with Sainsbury's staff on SOS Day 2017


Photo Sarah Hewes

14th 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.

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28th December @ 07:43

28th December @ 07:43

24th December @ 14:45

18th December @ 09:50


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12th 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

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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

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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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