Port St Mary RNLI launch to assist broken down vessel
At 6.48pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 25 August), Port St Mary RNLI were paged by Belfast Coastguard and requested to assist a rigid inflatable boat which had broken down off Scarlett Point.
Port St Mary RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Spirit of Leicester, was launched in a light north-north-westerly breeze and calm seas, under the command of Helm Mark Whiteley, and proceeded to the scene of the vessel.
Once on scene the volunteer crew of Port St Mary RNLI, checked that the 2 persons on board were safe and well, and determined that the vessel had broken down because of an engine failure.
A tow was then established between the D-Class inshore lifeboat and the casualty vessel, and they were towed back to the safety of Port St Mary harbour.
The inshore lifeboat Spirit of Leicester was back on station and ready for service by 8.20pm.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Sarah Keggen said:
‘We would like to remind anyone taking to the sea this summer to respect the water. Also, to always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of communication like the casualty did today. Should you get into difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.