Early morning call-out for Ramsey RNLI volunteers
Today (Tuesday 10 July) began early for Ramsey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew when they were launched at 05.47am to assist a 17 metre fishing vessel that had broken down 9 miles north of the Point of Ayre (Isle of Man).
In fair weather conditions and a slight sea Ramsey’s relief lifeboat 12-21 Margaret Jean with emergency coxswain Jason Colley at the helm made good speed towards the Whitby registered vessel, which had suffered a complete power loss. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel by 06.47am. Having established that the three people on-board were unhurt in the incident a tow was safely established and the vessel was towed to Ramsey Harbour.
Lifeboat and tow arrived in Ramsey Harbour at 10.10am and the broken down vessel was moored by 10.30am. Ramsey lifeboat returned to station and the crew stood down to resume to their normal working day.
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, in a normal year, 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.