Port St Mary RNLI assists fishing boat with three onboard
At 5.55pm on Wednesday (23 January) the RNLI all-weather lifeboat Gough Ritchie 2 from Port St Mary was called out after being paged by Belfast Coastguard . A 14m fishing boat had experienced steering problems 10 miles south-east of Port St Mary.
Just before 7pm, the lifeboat reached the boat in calm conditions on what was a clear night.
The lifeboat crew of six volunteers worked with the fishermen to attach a line to the boat and successfully tow it back to Port St Mary arriving just before 9pm.
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.