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Ramsey RNLI Launch to assist day boat

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsey RNLI were paged at 6.48pm this evening (Wednesday 19 May 2021) to go to the aid of a day boat, with two people on board, which had broken down close to Ramsey Harbour mouth.

RNLI/Steven Bevan

The Ruby Clery after her recovery from this evenings launch.

At the time of the incident the tide was ebbing and there was an offshore breeze.

The volunteer lifeboat crew of the all-weather RNLB Ruby Clery, under the command of Coxswain Mark Kenyon, quickly reached the casualty and returned the vessel to her berth in Ramsey Harbour.

The lifeboat was recovered, washed down and made ready for service.

Coxswain Mark Kenyon commented: 'Anyone intending to go to sea for the first time after a prolonged lay up should always ensure that fresh fuel is used and run the engine to its normal running temperature before venturing to sea. Modern petrol does not store well in cans and quickly deteriorates, if combined with old fuel in filters or pipes then a breakdown is inevitable and difficult to resolve without flushing with fresh fuel.'

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