Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboat Cox’n Ian Cannon (pictured centre right)
Having carried out the official opening of the new Tesco Express store at St. Lawrence, Ramsgate on Saturday, 27th. May and receiving a cheque for the RNLI for £500 from store manager Stuart Welsh, Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboat Cox’n Ian Cannon (pictured centre right) was immediately called to the RNLI boathouse when the launch of the lifeboat was requested at 10.37am.
Ramsgate RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, the Atlantic 75 class “Bob Turnbull”, was launched following a report, from their friends, that two teenage girl swimmers, swimming off Ramsgate Sands near the harbour’s eastern arm in an area known for strong under-currents, had disappeared from sight. The volunteer lifeboat crew immediately sped to the area but being unable to see the swimmers instituted a controlled search. Soon after this, however, the RNLI lifeboat crew were advised by radio that the girls had safely returned to shore.
It transpired that in the low tide the girls had made it to the small beach that had developed at the back of the harbour arm, out of sight from the Sands, and had managed to wade back to safety against the harbour wall. Cox’n Ian Cannon said that both the swimmers and their friends should be praised, firstly, for reporting their concerns when the girls disappeared from sight and, secondly, for reporting the swimmers safe return enabling any search to be called off.
A second lifeboat call came at 4.46am on Sunday, 28th. May, with the Ramsgate RNLI’s volunteer crew members being welcomed to another hot, sunny day when their pagers went off. The all weather lifeboat, the Trent class “Esme Anderson”, was launched to assist a 13m. wooden ketch that had been damaged and was taking on water.
The ketch with 6 people on board had been travelling from Ipswich to Falmouth when it collided with a buoy causing damage to the bow stem and a resultant leak. The crew had reported their situation by mobile phone to Dover Coastguard and, although the water pump on board the ketch was holding the situation, it was thought prudent to have a lifeboat standing by in case of sudden deterioration. The RNLI lifeboat met the ketch near the northeast Goodwin Sands and escorted it safely into Ramsgate Harbour.