Port St Mary RNLI rescued two people stranded on the rocks
A volunteer lifeboat crew were called out after a speedboat with two men on board hit rocks.
Crew from Port St Mary lifeboat station attended on 14 June after a request from the UK Coastguard to help. The speedboat was on the back of a breakwater very close to the lifeboat station.
Three members of the station’s crew walked onto the breakwater shortly before 3pm where they discovered that the boat could not be towed off due to the receding tide.
They secured the vessel until the tide turned and the two men, who were uninjured, were escorted up the rocks to safety by the crew.
Port St Mary’s inshore D class lifeboat The Spirit of Leicester was launched later that afternoon. The speedboat was recovered successfully to the slipway with the help of crew members on the shore although the tidal conditions were challenging with breaking surf. The owners were then able to transfer the boat to a trailer.
Port St Mary’s RNLI Helm Morgan Guy said: ‘The two men on board did the right thing by calling for help and not attempting a recovery themselves.
‘It was important that we returned to recover the speedboat when the conditions were safe to do so – otherwise we may have received calls with good intent from members of the public concerned about its location.’
He added: ‘The RNLI would like to remind anyone taking to the sea this summer to always respect the water. Please wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of communication. If you get into difficulty then please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
The crew and the lifeboat was back on station at 6pm where the lifeboat was washed down and refuelled ready for service again.
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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.