Port St Mary RNLI launches to assist swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

Port St Mary RNLI launched its all-weather Lifeboat Gough Ritchie II at the request of Belfast Coastguard at 9.30pm on Tuesday 29th June 2021 to investigate a report of a swimmer approximately half a mile off Douglas Breakwater.

David Hill

Port St Mary RNLI’s all-weather Trent Class Lifeboat Gough Ritchie 2, returning from service

A significant number of volunteer crew members were already at Port St Mary lifeboat station undergoing a debrief of the evening exercise.

Under the command of Coxswain Michael Keggen the Trent Class lifeboat slipped its moorings at 9.38pm and proceeded out of Port St Mary harbour when told to stand down as the person had made their own way ashore.

The lifeboat returned to station, and was refuelled and ready for serviced at 9:50pm.

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