Ramsey RNLI assists grounded fishing vessel
Ramsey RNLI volunteers were paged at 3.21 am this morning, Tuesday 2 July, to go to the assistance of a 24 metre fishing vessel that had run aground approximately half a mile south of Ramsey, following a tasking request from Belfast Coastguard.
The Scottish registered fishing vessel, with six people on board, ran aground on a ebbing tide approximately ½ mile south of Ramsey’s Queens Pier, near to Port Lewaigue. Ramsey RNLI’s Mersey class all-weather-lifeboat, RNLB Ann & James Ritchie, was on scene by 3.40 am. Sea conditions were slight with a light to moderate north-west wind.
Under the command of Coxswain Mark Kenyon, the lifeboat was positioned as near as possible to the stricken vessel. Having verified that there were no injuries the lifeboat anchored and stood alongside waiting for the tide to turn. By 7.55 am the grounded vessel was starting to re-float. The lifeboat crew safely established a stern tow to the fishing vessel and assisted it into a safe depth of water. It was confirmed with the skipper of the fishing vessel that his boat was not taking on water and was not badly damaged.
The tow was dropped at 8.20 am, the fishing vessel recommenced its journey and the lifeboat returned to station to be made ready for service again. The volunteer crew were stood down by 9.30 am.
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.