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Swift action by Ramsey RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsey RNLI volunteers acted swiftly yesterday, Sunday 13 August, to rescue a small vessel with engine failure drifting less than 20 feet from Bulgham Rocks, Laxey.

View from casualty vessel; Ramsey RNLI lifeboat arriving on scene

RNLI/Steve Maddrell

Ramsey RNLI lifeboat arriving on scene

The 16-foot open Dory had suffered failure of both engines and although the two-man crew had deployed an anchor the vessel was still in danger of drifting onto the rocks. The skipper of the stricken vessel promptly alerted the UK Coastguard of their situation. Belfast Coastguard then requested the launch of Ramsey lifeboat.

Ramsey’s Mersey class lifeboat, RNLB Ann & James Ritchie, was launched at 17:45 with Coxswain Mark Kenyon at the helm. Twenty minutes later the lifeboat reached the stricken vessel, took it safely in tow and then on to a safe berth in Laxey Harbour.

The skipper of the dory later sent a message to Ramsey RNLI expressing his gratitude: ‘I really have no idea what we would do if it weren't for you guys keeping the seas safe. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved, including the shore crew. You are a cracking bunch of people and having now, unfortunately, seen you operating from the other side of the fenders, I can say how thoroughly professional the whole operation was and how very glad we were to see you charging over the horizon.’

The tow rope being passed to the casualty vessel from Ramsey RNLI lifeboat.

RNLI/Ali Clague

Passing the tow
View from the casualty vessel - being towed by Ramsey RNLI lifeboat into Laxey

RNLI/Steve Maddrel

View from the casualty vessel

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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