Launches & Call Outs

Last year RNLI lifeboats rescued almost 8,000 people, an average of 21 people per day.

Service Calls 2009



21 shouts for the year

Hyperlinked dates lead to launch stories

29th October B808 Launched to the assistance of a broken down vessel off the South Caliper.

4th October B808 Launched to the assistance of the yacht Skyflyer anchored off Kingsdown. The yacht was towed to Ramsgate.

27th September B808 Launched at night to the report of two swimmers off St Margaret's Bay. A search was performed and on investigation it was confirmed to be a false alarm.

27th September D663 Launched to assist B808 in a search for 2 swimmers off St Margaret's Bay.

8th September D663 Launched to investigate two stranded canoeists. No assistance required.

29th August B808 launched to the report of a capsized sailing dinghy. Although the sailor was safe on shore by the time the lifeboat arrived, the dinghy was righted and delivered back to its owners.

29th August B808 Launched to a report of children capsized in an inflatable. A passing pleasure boat rendered assistance unaware that the lifeboat was en route.

23rd August D663 encountered a yacht suffering intermittent engine problems. Escort to Dover harbour was offered and accepted.

23rd August B808 was requested to accompany D663 and the yacht to Dover.

18th August D663 launched to assist HM Coastguard teams perform a search for 6 missing walkers between St Margaret's and Kingdown. The walkers were found safe on top of the cliff near the Dover Patrol Memorial by the Coastguard.

15th August B808 launched to assist D663 with a precautionary search to the north of the pier to check that further swimmers were not involved. No further action was necessary.

15th August D663 Launched to the aid of 2 swimmers off Deal pier and subsequently rescued 5 swimmers in total.

7th August D663 Launched to the aid of people cut off by the tide between Kingsdown and St Margaret's, no assistance was required.

13th July D663 Launched to assist Ramsgate's B 675 with 6 stranded people near the mouth of the River Stour.

12th July D663 Launched to the aid of a swimmer being swept under Deal pier, no assistance required.

5th July D663 Launched to the aid of a swimmer off Deal pier, no assistance required.

29th May D663 Launched to the aid of a speed boat broken down north of the pier

22nd May B830 Launched to the aid of a yacht aground on the Goodwin Sands

20th May B830 Launched to recover one of two canoes pushed maliciously off the beach at Walmer. A coastguard tug recovered the second.

10th May D663 stood down before launch after report of person in the water off North Deal.

21st March D663 Launched for a derelict speed boat that had been pushed afloat from the beach. Vessel sank before a tow could be made. No persons involved.

Service calls from previous years










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