Ramsey RNLI launched to distress signal
Ramsey RNLI all weather lifeboat, the Mersey class Ann and James Ritchie, was launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 6 September) at 1.45pm in response to an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) distress signal.
Belfast Coastguard requested the launch following a report of an EPIRB transmitting along the east of coast of the Isle of Man. Usually such an alarm indicates a vessel in serious danger. Ramsey lifeboat proceeded towards the last known bearing of the EPIRB transmitting the distress signal.
By 2.35pm the Coast Guard had established that the EPIRB activation had been accidental and the lifeboat and her volunteer crew were stood down and returned home.
Following the call out Ali Clague, Ramsey’s Mechanic and emergency Coxswain, said: ‘EPIRBs can be activated automatically or manually and undoubtedly are lifesavers. It is extremely important to regularly check that they are in good working order and we can put this one down as a false alarm with good intent.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.