Port St Mary RNLI launched to reports of paddleboard in difficulty
At 7.10pm yesterday evening (Wednesday 15 September) the volunteer crew of Port St Mary RNLI launched at the request of Belfast Coastguard, to reports of a paddleboard in difficulty off Kallow Point, Port St Mary.
Port St Mary RNLI’s D-Class inshore lifeboat Spirit of Leicester, was launched under the command of helm Morgan Guy, in a force two south-westerly wind and slight seas, and located the reported casualty within minutes.
Having established that the two paddleboarders were both safe and well, Port St Mary RNLI’s inshore lifeboat escorted them back to the safety of Chapel Beach Port St Mary.
The inshore lifeboat Spirit of Leicester was back on station and ready for service again at 7.40pm.
Helm of the inshore lifeboat Morgan Guy said:
‘On this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent, but we would like to thank the observer for raising their concern. If you ever see someone in difficulty, please call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’
Port St Mary Lifeboat Press Officer Kirsty Pendlebury, went on to say: ‘It has been a busy Summer for Port St Mary RNLI and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of the volunteer crew and station officials who remain on-call 24/7, for their time and dedication to continue to Save Lives at Sea.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.