Peel RNLI called to check on kayakers
While out on a training exercise on Sunday, Peel RNLI's lifeboat Ruby Clery was asked by the Isle of Man Coastguard to check on a group of kayakers that appeared to be in difficulty in windy conditions.
Seeing some of them in the water along the coast near Peel, a concerned member of the public alerted the Coastguard.
The group, which had been practising rolling and righting their kayaks, were safely ashore before the RNLI volunteer crew could reach them. ‘Although they didn't need assistance on this occasion,’ Carol Hunter, Peel RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer explained, ‘the member of the public did the right thing in alerting the Coastguard. Our advice is always to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard when you see someone who may be in trouble in the water.’
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.