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27th December 2010


Ramsgate RNLI Christmas Eve Lifeboat Launch


Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Ramsgate RNLI's Trent class all-weather lifeboat Esme Anderson at 4.40pm on Christmas Eve to assist a 4,000 ton cargo ship which, in strong winds and rough seas, had suffered complete loss of engine power and injury to 3 crew members following a fire on board.


Dover RNLI's lifeboat and a rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham were also sent to assist the casualty which was anchored in the north east shipping lane some 18 miles off Dover . On arrival at the scene the helicopter took off the 3 injured crewmen, which were suffering from the effects of burns and smoke inhalation, and transferred them to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate. The lifeboats remained at the scene to give any further required assistance until the casualty had been safely taken in tow by the HM Coastguard tug.


Having been stood down the lifeboat was back on its moorings in Ramsgate Harbour and refuelled ready for further service at 9.15pm.

14th November 2010


Ramsgate Lifeboat Operations Manager retires


Captain Geoff Tulley, Ramsgate RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM), pictured (centre) with Ramsgate cox'n Ian Cannon (left) and chairman Bill Crawford, has retired after a total of 20 years service at the station - 18 of which spent as Honorary Secretary/ LOM.


Members of Ramsgate's lifeboat crew, station management committee, fund raisers and their partners gathered at the town's Royal Temple Yacht Club to thank Geoff for his many years of hard work, support and friendship.


Geoff is succeeded as the station's LOM by Ron Cannon who retired as Ramsgate cox'n in 2001 but has remained in close contact with the station since as a Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) and, of course, by virtue of being father of the present cox'n and 2nd. cox'n.

28th October 2010


Dunkirk Little Ships


Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboat Cox'n Ian Cannon was invited to attend the Little Ships Association's "lay up" supper at the House of Commons on Saturday, 23rd. October which marked the end of events celebrating the 70th. anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation. Among the distinguished guests attending the event was the Little Ships Association's Honorary Admiral HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO.


Cox'n Cannon accompanied the Little Ships "fleet" on its anniversary journeys between Ramsgate to Dunkirk in May when in command of the RNLI's reserve Trent class lifeboat "Corinne Whitely" (photo) which was manned by members of Ramsgate and Margate lifeboat crews. Whilst representing the RNLI at the event the lifeboat also acted as a safety boat to the fleet of ageing vessels.


In 1940 a number of RNLI lifeboats were used to assist in the evacuation of troops from the Dunkirk beaches but only two, Ramsgate's "Prudential" and Margate's "Lord Southborough", were actually manned by their own regular crews and jointly responsible for evacuating several thousand whilst each at sea continuously for some 40 hours.

20th October 2010


Reserve Tamar "overnights" at Ramsgate


The 16m. Tamar class lifeboat "Edward and Barbara Prigmore" from the RNLI's reserve fleet is pictured early on the19th. October moored in Ramsgate Harbour alongside the station's 14m. Trent class "Esme Anderson".


The Tamar and its crew, from the RNLI's Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Station, had stayed overnight in Ramsgate during 3 days of familiarisation training in preparation for them receiving their own Tamar class lifeboat in the coming months.

22th September 2010


Balloons take off at Ramsgate!


Ramsgate Lifeboat's pagers went off at 2.47pm on Monday (20th.) calling crew for the launch of the station's inshore lifeboat, Atlantic 75 "Bob Turnbull". A report had been received that, what appeared to be, a kite surfer had dropped into the sea off Ramsgate - the incident being spotted by several people.


The lifeboat duly launched only to find that the kite surfer in fact turned out to be a large "bunch" of helium balloons which had dropped into the sea at that point - with nobody attached!


The balloons were duly brought back to the boathouse where consideration was being given to putting them up to celebrate the imminent completion of the boathouse redecoration and a return to some normality within!

22th September 2010


RNLI figures highlight summer months continue to be busy


RNLI lifeboats around the Kent coastline have been busy again this summer as new statistics issued today show. RNLI preliminary figures for June, July and August show local volunteer lifeboat crews responded to 167 incidents, over the holiday period.


Kent RNLI lifeboats (excluding Gravesend) launched a total of 167 times compared to 197 in 2009. Sheerness and Littlestone were the only stations to buck the trend in Kent, with a slight increase in launches.


Summer 2010 (2009) launch figures: Sheerness – 35 (28), Whitstable – 37 (38), Margate – 22 (26), Ramsgate – 37 (42), Walmer – 6 (12), Dover – 14 (35), Littlestone – 14 (12), Dungeness – 2 (4)

12th September 2010


£300 Donation to Ramsgate Lifeboat


Phil Kinnill of Thanet Roadrunners Athletic Club visited Ramsgate Lifeboat on Saturday (11th.) to hand over a cheque for £300 to the RNLI. Phil (pictured seated in the station's ILB handing the cheque to Ramsgate Cox'n Ian Cannon) is race director of the "Roadrunners" and he re-introduced a 7k. road race to the Club's events diary this year.


The race, which attracted a large number of entrants, was run in July from Broadstairs Viking Bay to Ramsgate Harbour and back to the start in Broadstairs with all profits made going to a local charity - the RNLI being the one chosen by the Club for 2010.


Ian thanked Phil for the donation and for thinking of the RNLI.

7th September 2010


Cheque for £2,000 handed to Ramsgate Lifeboat


Ramsgate Lifeboat Cox'n Ian Cannon is pictured receiving a cheque from Stephen Reynolds Site Manager of windfarm developers Vattenfall, accompanied by Vattenfall's Health and Safety Coordinator Andy Walker and RNLI Station Mechanic Phil Mace.


Vattenfall have just completed the construction of a hundred turbine windfarm some 9 miles off the North East Kent coast with their operations managed from Ramsgate's Royal Harbour. To celebrate this event they have been presenting cheques to several local charities from money raised from the sale of scrap metal generated during the construction process.


Cox'n Ian Cannon thanked Vattenfall for their generous donation. Ramsgate RNLI have enjoyed a good relationship with the company with several crew members gaining employment with them and, on several occasions, launched to give assistance when problems have occurred.

31st August 2010


Bank Holiday launches at Ramsgate


Ramsgate RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB), Atlantic 75 "Bob Turnbull", launched twice over the August Bank Holiday weekend.


On Saturday, whist the crew were collecting in the town on the final day of the Station's annual "Flag Week", the call came for a launch to two canoeists in difficulty in choppy seas and strongish winds. The Port Control Authority had been watching the two canoeists struggling against the tide south of the ferry terminal breakwater. As they were about to alert the lifeboat two jet skis arrived and took the canoeists in tow. However, under tow one of the canoes capsized and when the occupant ended up adrift in the water, caught in the tide, the lifeboat was called out


The lifeboat launched at 2.47pm and quickly arrived on the scene to find the canoeist recovered by the jet skier. The lifeboat then accompanied the jet skiers, canoeists and their canoes safely ashore on the Undercliff Beach.


On Monday there were two callouts - the first, at 2.30pm, to a person and dog in difficulties off Ramsgate's "old" Marina Pool was quickly cancelled when both person and dog got ashore unaided but as the assembled crew were about to leave the boathouse they were alerted to boy swimmers in difficulty off Broadstairs. This again did not result in a launch but then a further call came from the Coastguard about two body boarders, a male and a female, who were in difficulties, in the strong winds and choppy seas, about 100 metres off Broadstairs Jetty. The lifeboat launched and recovered the boarders and their boards and safely brought them into Ramsgate and the awaiting Coastguard Officers.


Also, over the weekend, on Sunday afternoon, Ramsgate's all-weather lifeboat, the Trent Class "Esme Anderson" launched to join Margate's lifeboats in a display to celebrate Margate's RNLI's 150th. Anniversary.

29th August 2010


Broadstairs Water Gala


Ramsgate's lifeboats, the Trent class "Esme Anderson" and Atlantic 75 "Bob Turnbull", are pictured entering Viking Bay, Broadstairs during the towns annual "Water Gala" on Wednesday, 22nd. August.


Both boats moored alongside Broadstairs Jetty throughout the period of high tide which allowed access to an endless queue of young and old alike who enjoyed a close-up view of the boats and finding out more about the RNLI from the lifeboat's crew.


Ramsgate Cox'n Ian Cannon said "Visiting Broadstairs Water Gala has become a pleasant annual event for us which the crew enjoy. It is always good to see and hear how much support and interest the RNLI generates. As well as locals we have met visitors to the area from all over the country including one young lad from Cambridge who, according to his mother, is so keen on lifeboats that he is always "encouraging" her to visit a lifeboat station!"

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