Ramsgate RNLI called to yacht fire after pilot boat rescues adults and teen on life raft

The burning yacht Photo Ramsgate RNLI

Ramsgate RNLI has been called to a yacht on fire after the three adults and teenager aboard were rescued by a pilot boat.

The All Weather Lifeboat was launched today (July 10) to the 33ft yacht some three miles off North Foreland. A mayday had been made due to the fire onboard.

The three adults and the teenager had abandoned the yacht and were on a life raft when the Estuary Elan pilot boat picked them up and brought them safely into Ramsgate.

The smoke could be seen from the Winter Gardens Photo Jools Moore

During this time  wind farm vessel Typhoon Tow had arrived on scene and using their fire hose, attempted to put the fire out. Once the AWB arrived on scene they set up two further fire hoses and assisted in trying to put the fire out. After 45 minutes of hosing the vessel down, which was still burning in some areas, it took on sea water, as the hull had burnt to the sea level and unfortunately sank.

The owners had been enjoying a cruising holiday around the coast and were heading North when it happened.

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