Ramsgate RNLI boats support Broadstairs Water Gala

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 1 August the Ramsgate all-weather lifeboat 'Esme Anderson' and the inshore lifeboat 'Clare and David Delves' both attended the neighbouring town, Broadstairs’ Water Gala day.

Huge crowds turned out for the opportunity to look around the Ramsgate lifeboat.

RNLI/Sarah Lewes

Huge crowds turned out for the opportunity to look around the Ramsgate lifeboat.
The day is traditionally held on a Wednesday and started back in 1888 when it was called simply Water Sports, then in 1930 it’s name was changed to the Water Gala. All the local residents and tourists enjoy a full day of beach and sea based events which means that all the institutions involved in water safety get a chance to promote their services.

The RNLI were out in force, with the lifeguards showing off their skills, the face to face team engaging with the crowds, the coastguards spreading the message to call 999 when in trouble, the RNLI shops selling their wares and the lifeboat crew giving excited children and parents the chance to step onboard the Esme Anderson for a tour.

The glorious weather meant that the beach was packed, and the queue to board the lifeboat never seemed to reduce, in fact over six hundred people took the opportunity to tour the boat and chat with the volunteer helpers about their personal experiences of the RNLI near and far.


One story that stood out was a young mother with her two children, who told how six years ago whilst on holiday in Cornwall she had been caught in a rip current and swept out to sea. She had been rescued by the life guards on duty that day but it had knocked her confidence and she would no longer go into the sea.

However she was determined that her two young children would not share her fear of the sea, and had summoned up the courage to take them onboard the all-weather boat so that they would know and respect the work of the RNLI. Her two young boys aged three and five were so excited!

It was lovely to hear how much the local community appreciate the work that the volunteer crew do and everyone appreciated the interaction with the crew. When one of the crew took to the sea to demonstrate the RNLI's Respect the Water safety message, 'Float to Live', it was a very visual way of getting the message across.

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RNLI Media Contacts

Ramsgate Lifeboat Press Officer Karen Cox email coxinthebox63@gmail.com tel 07779 848431.

Paul Dunt RNLI. Regional Media Officer London and South East, email paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk tel 0778520296252.

RNLI Beach lifeguard on his paddle board and RNLI crew member demonstrating the 'Float to Live' message with the 'Esme Anderson' lifeboat next to them.

RNLI/Karen Cox

RNLI Beach lifeguard on his paddle board and RNLI crew member demonstrating the 'Float to Live' message with the 'Esme Anderson' lifeboat next to them.
The mayor of Broadstairs Paul Moore with the Ramsgate Coxswain Ian Cannon on the 'Esme Anderson'.

RNLI/Karen Cox

The mayor of Broadstairs Paul Moore with the Ramsgate Coxswain Ian Cannon on the 'Esme Anderson'.

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