Port St Mary RNLI rescues two people after yacht runs aground off Isle of Man
Following a request from Belfast Coastguard at 6.25pm today (Friday 25 May) Port St Mary RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a 28ft yacht with two people onboard which had gone aground on rocks close to the main slipway between the harbour and breakwater.
At 6.31pm the Spirit of Leicester with its volunteer crew of four was launched and reached the yacht, which had been blown onto the rocks by a force 6 easterly wind, in five minutes . After attaching a tow-line the crew managed to haul the yacht off the rocks and return it to its mooring .
The lifeboat crew offered to take the vessel to the inner harbour which dries out but the yacht crew were confident there was no damage .
Speaking following the call out, Port St Mary RNLI Helm Jenny Kneale said: 'This was a fairly straight forward call out today but one which could have been challenging if the tide had been falling.'
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