Two Port St Mary lifeboats launch to paddleboarders

Lifeboats News Release

Following reports of paddleboarders being in difficulties in Castletown Bay, Belfast Coastguard requested the launch of both the relief Trent all-weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat at 8.12pm on 7 August.

David Hill

Port St Mary RNLI relief Trent Class All-weather Lifeboat Dora Foster McDougall departing Port St Mary breakwater

Both lifeboats Dora Foster McDougall and the Spirit of Leicester launched in a NNW force three wind with a calm sea and clear visibility, and headed to Castletown Bay where the paddleboarders were quickly located and made their own way ashore.

The launch of both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats was due to the dark conditions.

Having ensured that the paddleboarders were not requiring any assistance both the lifeboats returned to station.

Coxswain of the all-weather lifeboat Michael Keggen once again highlighted the need to be suitably equipped with appropriate safety equipment and a means of raising the alarm when undertaking water sports at sea. Advice on suitable equipment will be willingly given at any lifeboat station.

RNLI helmsman Gareth Watt endorsed the need for proper safety equipment and in particular how essential it is to wear appropriate clothing and an approved buoyancy aid at all times when on the water.

David Hill

Port St Mary RNLI inshore Lifeboat Spirit of Leicester being launched

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