The Prudential rescued a total of 330 souls during normal service in her 28 years at Ramsgate, many of them on the Goodwin sands. Notable vessels attended included, in 1926, the French steam trawler ‘Jubarte’, when both vessel and crew of 16 were saved, and the ‘S.S. Falcon’, ablaze from stem to stern off Dover, where she rescued the captain and crew. In 1928, another French steam trawler, ‘Cyclone’, was rescued along with her 16 man crew. In 1932 she saved 9 crew from the Grimsby steam trawler ‘Othello’.
At the beginning of the war she saved 31 lives from the 5182 ton Antwerp steamship ‘Kabinda’, broken in half on the Goodwins and 17lives from the Sunderland steamship ‘Ashley’. Just days after Dunkirk she saved 68 people from two French motor boats and 31 from the London steamship ‘Harcola’.