Thanet RNLI Community Safety

How well do you know your lifeboats?
Ramsgate’s All Weather Lifeboat at Broadstairs Water Gala 2019- Photo credit : LPO Ramsgate

This is the first in the series of four blogs focusing on the lifeboats that are operational along the Thanet coastline.   We kick off this blog with a look at the Ramsgate All-Weather Lifeboat.

The All-Weather Boat (AWB) – pictured above

The Esme Anderson (14-02) which is a Trent class lifeboat (named after the 3rd longest river in the England), has been stationed at Ramsgate since 1994, being handed over by Christopher Oldham, the son of the donor the late Esme Anderson.

Facts and figures

  • Capable of 25 knots (RNLI want all their all weather lifeboats to be capable of 25 knots by 2019)
  • Has a range of 250 neutical miles
  • 28 tonnes
  • Length 14.3 metres
  • Fuel : 4,180 litres
  • Depth 1.45m
  • Width 4.9m
  • Designed to lie afloat, either at deep-water moorings or alongside at a berth
  • A key feature is that it is self-righting
  • What do Coxswain’s across the country say about the Trent? “She’s fast and manoeuvrable enough to respond quickly, but powerful and large enough to take on big seas, tow big boats and carry lots of survivors”

  • The engine room is at the stern and space limitations led to a novel engine layout
  • One of the engines is turned around, driving the propeller in a conventional way, while the other works through a V drive
  • Also carries a small XP boat, which is an inflatable daughter boat with a 5 horse power outboard engine capable of 6 knots. This allows the crew to access areas the Trent cannot reach. Ramsgate use their XP boat along the River Stour where their Atlantic Inshore Boat cannot be used due to the shallow water
  • All lifeboats have a unique identification number – The first part indicates the class. Trent class lifeboats start with 14 because they are just over 14 metres in length. The numbers after the dash refer to the build number. So the first Trent built was given the number 14-01.

Useful Links

Ramsgate RNLI Facebook page



Ramsgate RNLI

Swim Safe arrives in Margate!
Swim Safe launched on Margate Main Sands

Some of your may come across Swim Safe before either via social media, the RNLI website perhaps or heard about it by the good old fashioned word of mouth? If not, then it is a really exciting free of charge swimming and water safety lessons delivered at mainly beaches and across the UK and Republic of Ireland by Swim England and the RNLI in partnership. We are so lucky to be holding a Swim Safe programme of lessons on Margate Main Sands this Summer!


The Swim Safe Team have delivered two of the sessions so far, both on a Friday and they have been massively popular with local families and also those from some distance away.  To be eligible children must be aged between 7-14 years and be able to swim 25 metres. I have received quite a few enquiries that the on-line booking system shows no slots available for any of the sessions. My advice is if you really want your child to attend, then attend one of the sessions by walking up and asking the staff whether their are any vacancies remaining for the day and whether they can join the session. Definitely worth ago!


So, if you are in the Margate area and want your child to learn some essential water safety techniques, then check out Swim Safe. All the feedback that we have so far received has been an overwhelming thumbs up from both children and parents.  Before I go, to enable you to enjoy your time at the coast this Summer even more please search for ‘RNLI Float Not Swim’ and learn this essential technique that actually saved 7 peoples lives last year.  Figures are from the RNLI.

Pictured are some of the awesome Swim Safe Team at Margate Main Sands Lifeguard hut

Check out our top 5 useful links for beach, water and coastal safety:

RNLI Float Not Swim

Coastguard Beach Safety

Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) – Water Safety on holiday

RLSS issues warning after temperatures hit 30 degrees

Swim England – Swim Safe website