Port St Mary RNLI in late night call out to secure yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Port St Mary RNLI were called out late last night (Sunday 27 May) to go to the assistance of a yacht that had run aground.

RNLI/Nuala McAloon

A member of the public raised the alarm at 11.36pm to say that a 30ft yacht had run aground on Chapel Bay. It was unsure at that point if there was anyone onboard.

The lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded at 11.38pm and the inshore lifeboat helmed by Richard Leigh and with three crew members onboard launched at 11.46pm and made its way to the scene just minutes from the lifeboat station.

The night time weather conditions were good with a calm Force 2 wind and a slight sea.

On arrival, the lifeboat crew observed that the yacht was well aground but no one was onboard. As the vessel was too far aground to attempt a tow, the crew deployed an anchor and put the vessel’s fenders out in order to protect her from the tide.

Speaking following the call out, Sarah Keggen, Port St Mary RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘This was the third call out for Port St Mary RNLI in just over a week and we were delighted to be of assistance. As we continue to enjoy the good weather and the remainder of the Bank Holiday weekend, we would remind everyone planning a trip to sea to always respect the water. Plan your trip and check your vessel and engine and ensure you have enough fuel. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and always let someone ashore know when and where 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 David Kneen, Port St Mary RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624429722, email kneend@manx.net or contact

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