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Yacht calls Port Erin RNLI lifeboat for assistance whilst on exercise

Lifeboats News Release

Port Erin Lifeboat volunteer crew launched the inshore Atlantic 85, Muriel and Leslie, for a routine training exercise on Tuesday, 24 August, in a north-north easterly calm, dark evening.

Helmsman Tony Mitchell Looking at casulty vessal

RNLI/Callum Qualtrough

Lifeboat assisting yacht
The volunteer crew had to change their exercise plan, when a yacht with two people onboard called them over VHF radio requesting assistance navigating the Calf/Sound area.

Helmsman Tony Mitchell manoeuvred the lifeboat in front of the yacht. While doing a safe speed, navigated past Kitterland and Thousla Rock into open water towards Port St Mary. The vessel then thanked the lifeboat volunteers and proceeded to make its way to its destination.

Helmsman Tony Mitchell returned the lifeboat and the volunteer crew members back to Port Erin Lifeboat station, shortly after 10pm, where they re-housed and made the lifeboat ready for service again.

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