Peel RNLI rescues three onboard fishing boat that breaks down off Port Erin

Lifeboats News Release

Peel RNLI came to the rescue of a fishing boat with three people onboard on Sunday evening after the vessel broke down north of Port Erin.

RNLI/Nuala McAloon

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat just before 9pm on Sunday evening (1 July).

The lifeboat launched at 8.58pm at the request of Belfast Coastguard to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel, reported to have lost all hydraulics and was unable to steer.

The lifeboat proceeded to the location some three nautical miles north of Port Erin. Once on scene at 9.31pm, the crew checked that those onboard were safe and well before working with them to set up a tow and bring the vessel back to Peel.

On arrival back in Peel, the station’s shore crew assisted by securing a bow and stern line from the fishing boat on Peel’s breakwater.

Speaking following the call out, Marc Vincent, Peel RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We were happy to help the fishermen on Sunday evening when they got into difficulty. They did the right thing calling for assistance when they began to encounter problems.

‘As we enjoy a sunny start to the summer, we would like to remind everyone planning any activity at sea to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication. Let someone ashore know where you are going, when you are going and when you are expected back. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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For more information please contact Marc Vincent, Peel RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624210731, email marcstipi@hotmail.com or contact

Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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