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Ramsgate: RNLI rescue guard vessel with engine failure nine miles east of Ramsgate

By Katie Davis

A 136 tonne guard vessel had to be rescued early this morning by the RNLI after suffering an engine failure.

Ramsgate lifeboat launched shortly after 5.30am this morning to assist the 23 metre vessel nine miles east of Ramsgate.

Another guard vessel was attempting to tow it, but with limited success due to the wind and tide.

The guard vessel had an engine failure. Pic Mark Stanford

The guard vessel had an engine failure. Pic: Mark Stanford

The lifeboat took over once at the scene and brought it into Ramsgate harbour.

Ramsgate RNLI were sent to tow it to shore. Pic Mark Stanford

Ramsgate RNLI were sent to tow it to shore. Pic: Mark Stanford

Assistance was needed due to its weight. Pic Mark Stanford

Assistance was needed due to its weight. Pic: Mark Stanford

A RNLI spokesman said: "Once in the outer harbour the all weather lifeboat requested the assistance of the inshore lifeboat to assist with mooring the casualty vessel alongside the commercial quay.

"Assistance was needed due to the weight and windage of the casualty vessel."

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