First launch for RNLI Ramsgate’s Diamond Jubilee lifeboat to person in water during Storm Isha

Ramsgate all weather lifeboat, Diamond Jubilee

Ramsgate RNLI crews were called out during Storm Isha on Sunday (January 21) after an alert of a person in the water off Broadstairs.

At about 8pm the Ramsgate all weather lifeboat, Diamond Jubilee was tasked by HM Coastguard following a call from a concerned member of the public to search for a person suspected of entering the water between Louisa Bay and Broadstairs.

Both lifeboats had been tasked to search but with Storm Isha in full force with a south-westerly wind blowing force 10 gusting to force 11 it was decided  it was too rough to launch the inshore lifeboat as the wind kept pushing it back against the pontoon.

The search was co-ordinated by the Coastguard and assisted by police with a shoreline and water search being carried out.

A report was eventually received that the person had been found safe and sound ashore and the volunteer crew then returned to the warmth of the station.