Port St Mary RNLI rescue four people from yacht
Port St Mary RNLI rescued four people after a 28 foot yacht got into difficulty after a rope became fouled its propeller.
Port St. Mary RNLI was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 3.35pm yesterday (Saturday 19 May) following a report from Belfast coastguard that the yacht was in trouble about 50 yards from the beach at Chapel Bay, a mile from Port St Mary.
Port St Mary RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Spirit of Leicester, launched with three volunteer crew on board at 3.45 pm.
Weather conditions at the times were breezy with a force 3 to 4 westerly wind .
The lifeboat reached the casualty vessel at approximately 4pm and the crew immediately assessed that the two men and two small children aboard the yacht were safe and well before they began to establish a towline. RNLI crewmember Roger Gillam boarded the yacht to assess the situation.
By 4.15pm the lifeboat had towed the yacht back to its mooring in Port St Mary harbour.
Speaking following the callout, Port St May RNLI Helm Morgan Guy said: ‘This was a straightforward callout for our volunteers and for the yachtsmen they helped to bring to safety. The two children on board were suffering from a little sea-sickness but quickly recovered.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Port St Mary RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer David Kneen Tel: 076 24 429722 or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer on Tel: 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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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.