RNLI affirms commitment to saving lives at sea on the Isle of Man

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Operations Director John Payne has met with representatives from the Isle of Man Government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The document lays out each organisation’s responsibilities for search and rescue operations on the island.

Mike Howland

Standing L-R Kevin Scott; Chris Gaskin; Michael MacDonald, and seated L-R John Payne; Mark Kenyon

Mr Payne visited Douglas Lifeboat Station on Wednesday and joined the volunteer crew on an exercise at sea. He then went on to visit Port St Mary and Peel RNLI Lifeboat Stations. Following this, he visited the Sea Terminal where the MOU was signed.

Director of Harbours Mark Kenyon (MBE) signed the document on behalf of the Isle of Man Harbours and Coastguard. He was joined by two Coastguard managers.

The Isle of Man Coastguard and the RNLI have worked together throughout both their histories towards a common purpose of saving lives. This Memorandum of Understanding formalises that process in a way that can demonstrate their commitment to joint working and building on what is a very positive relationship.

HM Coastguard has responsibility for tasking and coordination of operations and the RNLI provide substantial resources towards saving lives at sea with lifeboats and volunteer crew.

Regular communication and joint training are key to the successful relationship and with the signing of this MOU, it is hoped that that relationship will be strengthened further and together the organisations can work to reduce loss of life.

John Payne, Director of Lifesaving Operations for the RNLI said:

‘The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and our close co-operation on the island with the Isle of Man Coastguard helps to make this possible. The RNLI has a long and proud history on the island, with Douglas being the birth-place of the RNLI, so it’s fitting that this document was signed here. We are pleased to officially recognise this relationship with a Memorandum of Understanding between us.’

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