Ramsey RNLI launched report of fishing boat in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsey RNLI were paged at 1.22pm this afternoon (Tuesday 31 August 2021) following a request for assistance from a 10 meter fishing vessel which had lost steering approximately four miles north-north west of the Point of Ayre.


RNLB Ruby Clery being prepared to launch on service to assist fishing boat of the Point of Ayre
The volunteer lifeboat crew of the all-weather RNLB Ruby Clery, under the command of Coxswain Mark Kenyon, reached the fishing vessel with two people on board at 2.20pm.

The Coxswain assessed that the vessel required towing due to its steering being disabled, it’s location near to a shipping lane. The fishing vessel was unable to continue on its passage without assistance.

Sea conditions at the time of the rescue were described as moderate in the stiff NE wind.

The fishing boat was taken under tow by the Ruby Clery to Ramsey harbour where it arrived at 3.50pm.

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

Coxswain Mark Kenyon said:

'The vessel and her experienced crew were on a delivery passage when the unfortunate breakdown occurred. Even the best preparations cannot rule out all eventualities.'

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