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Ramsey RNLI Launch to assist pleasure craft

Lifeboats News Release

Ramsey RNLI were paged at 6pm this evening (Friday 8 July 2022) to the aid of an 18 foot Boston Whaler, with one person on board, which had broken down half a mile east of Ramsey Lifeboat Station.

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Ann & James Ritchie 2 being recovered following service on 8th July 2022

At the time of the incident the weather was fine with a light offshore wind.

The volunteer lifeboat crew of the all-weather RNLB Ann and James Ritchie 2, under the command of Coxswain Mark Kenyon, quickly reached the casualty and vessel was taken under tow and returned to Ramsey.

The lifeboat was recovered at 7.10pm, washed down and made ready for service.

Coxswain Mark Kenyon commented ‘Anyone intending to go to sea after a vessel has been unused for a long period should always ensure that fresh fuel is used. Modern Petrol does not store well in cans and can quickly deteriorates depending on the conditions.’

This was the second service call for the Ann and James Ritchie 2 and the first service launch for the vessel following her naming ceremony on 2 July 2022.

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