Ramsey RNLI escorts yacht to safety
Ramsey RNLI’s Mersey class all-weather-lifeboat, RNLB Ann & James Ritchie, escorted a 10 metre yacht to safety on Saturday afternoon, 25 May.
The yacht with two people on board was situated approximately 1 mile off the Point of Ayre and was taking in water. Ramsey lifeboat launched at 5.47pm following a request from the Isle of Man Marine Operations Centre and arrived on scene by 6.05pm. Sea conditions were good with a gentle westerly breeze.
The crew of the distressed yacht were pumping out the ingressing water and in full control of their vessel. Once lifeboat coxswain Mark Kenyon was satisfied there was no immediate danger it was decided as a precautionary measure that the lifeboat would shadow the yacht as it made its way towards Ramsey Harbour.
Upon reaching the safety of the harbour care of the yacht was passed to Ramsey Coastguard team and the lifeboat and its volunteer crew returned to station.
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.