Port St Mary RNLI escorts motor sailor into port

Lifeboats News Release

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 22nd January) Port St Mary RNLI were launched following a VHF Radio call to Belfast Coastguard from a 24 foot motor sailor which required assistance.

David Hill

The motor sailor being escorted by Port St Mary RNLI's all-weather lifeboat Gough Ritchie II

The call was made after the motor sailor had experienced wind over tide conditions which created some large waves off the coast of Langness, and as a result the vessel was severely rocked from side to side.

Port St Mary RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Gough Ritchie II launched at 3.45pm under the command of Coxswain Morgan Guy, in a force 3 west-southwesterly and slight seas, and proceeded to the reported position of the casualty.

Having established that the 2 crew on board the vessel had not received any injuries, an assessment of the situation was undertaken and it was agreed that the casualty be escorted back to Port St Mary, as the falling tide would not allow access to Castletown.

The casualty made port without incident under the supervision of the lifeboat crew, who assisted in making a secure berth on the breakwater.

The all-weather lifeboat was refuelled, washed down and ready for service again by 4.45pm.

Coxswain Morgan Guy praised the crew of the motor sailor for raising the alarm when they did rather than waiting for a serious situation to arise.

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