Ramsey RNLI and Donaghadee RNLI assist broken down day angling boat
Ramsey RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Ann & James Ritchie, launched at 12:10 today, Wednesday 23 May, to render assistance to a day angling vessel with three people on board.
The 21 foot vessel had broken down 7 miles south-west of Burrow Head. In fair weather conditions and a slight sea, Ramsey lifeboat with acting coxswain Ali Clague at the helm located the stricken vessel at 13:20. A tow was safely established.
Belfast Coastguard advised that Ramsey RNLI should tow the vessel towards Donaghadee and tasked Donaghadee’s all-weather lifeboat, Saxon, to rendezvous with Ramsey lifeboat. The two lifeboats met approximately one mile to the west of Mull of Galloway lighthouse at 15:25. Ramsey RNLI passed the tow to Donaghadee RNLI.
Donaghadee RNLI turned round and towed the casualty vessel towards Donaghadee. Ramsey RNLI were stood down and arrived in Ramsey at 17:15
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.