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Ramsey and Douglas RNLI launched to aid fishing vessel with engine room fire

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsey RNLI's all-weather-lifeboat, Ann & James Ritchie, launched early on Monday morning (11 February) to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel with an engine room fire.

Ramsey RNLI volunteers launched at 7.20am, following a request by Belfast Coastguard, and made good speed towards the 16m vessel reported to be 2.5 miles east of Maughold Head. The crew of two aboard the fishing vessel had managed to isolate and extinguish the fire. Nether crew member was injured in the incident, but the vessel had suffered a complete loss of power.

Ramsey RNLI's lifeboat arrived on scene at around 7.55am. Having first established that no injuries had been sustained, a tow was safely established. Ramsey RNLI's lifeboat then proceeded towards Douglas Harbour with the vessel in tow.

Meanwhile, Douglas RNLI's all-weather-lifeboat, Marine Engineer, launched at 7.50am and headed to meet Ramsey's lifeboat. The lifeboats rendezvoused at 8.30am and the tow was passed from Ramsey to Douglas lifeboat. Douglas lifeboat then successfully continued the tow to Douglas Harbour whilst Ramsey lifeboat turned around and returned to Ramsey.

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Douglas RNLI lifeboat with the stricken vessel in tow – credit Mike Howland, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Douglas.

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For more information please telephone Ms Theresa Shammon, Ramsey RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624459347 or email theresa.shammon@wm.im or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 00353 876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 00353 871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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Douglas RNLI lifeboat with the stricken vessel in tow

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