Ramsgate’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Claire and David Delves’ attended three separate incidents on Saturday (October 15).
The first launch at 1.36pm followed a request from the HM Coastguard for assistance with an injured person on Broadstairs Jetty. A woman had fallen and was in pain with a suspected broken collarbone.
An ambulance had been requested but they had been advised that there would be a long delay before it arrived. The Coastguard requested that the RNLI crew assist the woman’s pain relief with Entonox which is carried on the lifeboat. It was decided that the quickest way for delivery to the Jetty was to launch the ILB and on arrival at 1.45pm two of the crew members went ashore to assist the casualty.
While at the Jetty another call was received at 2.15pm requesting a search between Broadstairs and Ramsgate for a possible windsurfer. The crew of an Estuary Pilot vessel had recovered a kitesurfing board from the sea but there was no sign of the kitesurfer.
The ILB crew left the casualty with the Entonox in the care of the attending Coastguards and went to recover the board from the pilot vessel and carry out a search along the coastline. No person was found in danger and the search was called off.
A further call was received from HM Coastguard for the ILB to carry out a shoreline search between Ramsgate and Kingsgate for a person who had earlier been reported missing. The lifeboat launched at 5.20pm but the ILB was stood down some 20 minutes later.