Ramsey RNLI launched to assist injured fisherman
Ramsey RNLI was launched at 4.07pm yesterday (Sunday 1st November 2020) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to go the aid of a fisherman who had sustained injuries on board a scallop dredger approximately four miles north east of Ramsey Harbour near to Bahama Bank.
The volunteer lifeboat crew of the all-weather RNLB Ruby Clery, under the command of Coxswain Mark Kenyon, reached the casualty at 4.20pm where sea conditions were south westerly force six to seven with a moderate to heavy swell.
The 16 meter vessel was escorted to a more sheltered position in Ramsey Bay and the injured crewman was transferred to the Ruby Clery.
Ruby Clery arrived at Ramsey beach at 4.55pm and the injured crewman was transferred to a waiting ambulance. The lifeboat was recovered, washed down, rehoused and made ready for service.
Coxswain Mark Kenyon commented:
'This is an unfortunate incident to have occurred on the opening day of the king scallop season however it serves to highlight the dangers faced by those involved in the industry. Heavy fishing gear and unpredictable sea conditions can quickly result in a range of injuries for even the most careful crews.'
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.