Ramsey RNLI tasked to assist yacht with engine problems

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsey RNLI volunteers were tasked at 18:36 yesterday evening, Tuesday 16 July, by HM Coastguard Belfast to go to the assistance of a small yacht with engine problems.

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The seven-metre yacht with one person on board was becalmed approximately half a mile east of of Ramsey RNLI lifeboat station. A water pump malfunction meant that it was not possible to use the engine. Ramsey’s Mersey class all weather lifeboat, RNLB Ann & James Ritchie, launched in a gentle south-west breeze and calm sea and was on scene by 18:58. On arrival a tow was safely established between the lifeboat and the casualty vessel.

The casualty vessel was taken to and berthed at the seasonal visitor mooring buoys near to the Queen’s Pier at 19:22. Ramsey Harbour is tidal and there was not sufficient water for the vessel to enter the harbour. Ramsey RNLI station mechanic, Tom Edwards, was transferred from the lifeboat to the yacht and assisted its owner to successfully make appropriate adjustments to the water pump and ensure that it was working effectively. He then returned to the lifeboat, which left the scene at 19:55.

The lifeboat returned to the beach and waiting shore crew where it was re-carriaged, washed down, rehoused and made ready for service. Ramsey RNLI volunteers were then stood-down and returned to their evening at 20:45.

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