Peel RNLI assists sailor on yacht in difficulty off Isle of Man
Peel RNLI's lifeboat Ruby Clery was launched at 3.50pm yesterday (Tuesday 11 June) to assist a yacht which had reported a small fire on board.
The yacht which had left Port Erin earlier in the day was 8 miles south of Peel and was soon reached by the lifeboat under the command of Paul Cain and his volunteer crew.
The situation was assessed, and it was discovered that it was steam from an overheating engine rather than a fire, so it was thought safer to tow the vessel back to Peel. O
n reaching Peel at about 6pm the vessel then entered the marina under its own power escorted by the lifeboat. The single crewman onboard the yacht was safe and well.
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.