Peel RNLI tow becalmed sailors to harbour
Peel RNLI lifeboat assisted a 28ft yacht last night (Sunday 14 July) which was unable to make progress due to a lack of wind as well as engine failure, towing the yacht with two sailors to safety in the harbour at Peel.
The volunteer crew of the all-weather lifeboat Ruby Clery launched at the request of the Coastguard at 10.35pm in calm, windless conditions, to assist a yacht four miles west of Peel in the Irish Sea.
Frankie Horne, the volunteer Coxswain on the Ruby Clery said: ‘The yacht’s crew of two were very grateful for our help after a long day at sea. They had set out from Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland bound for Beaumaris in Wales but were becalmed by the lack of wind and then suffered engine failure.’
‘With schools closing for their summer breaks and more people setting out to enjoy activities on the sea, we would urge everyone to remember the RNLI’s timely safety advice and always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid, ensure everyone going to sea carries a means of communication and knows how to call for help, get appropriate training and check your engine and fuel before every trip. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’
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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.