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Port St Mary RNLI assists four people on 30 foot yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Following a VHF Radio call to HM Coastguard, Port St Mary RNLI volunteers launched to a 30 foot yacht situated off Kallow Point that had suffered engine failure and required assistance.

Port St Mary inshore lifeboat

RNLI/David Hill

Port St Mary inshore lifeboat

The volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat Spirit of Leicester were paged at 3:42pm and launched at 3:50pm into a moderate state of sea and a West South West wind of force 3 to 4. Upon leaving the harbour the casualty was quickly identified and the lifeboat crew were on scene at 3:53pm. Having established that the four crew on the vessel were not injured, the helm assessed the situation and a tow line was established and made way back to the Inner Harbour.

Port St Mary RNLI helm, Morgan Guy said, ‘The crew of the yacht had a working VHF radio which meant as soon as they were in trouble, they could call for help. The yacht made port without incident at 4:15pm under the supervision of the volunteer crew who assisted in making a secure berth on the inner Harbour of Port St Mary. The RNLI always advises anyone who requires assistance, or who sees someone else in trouble to call 999 and ask for HM Coastguard.’

The inshore lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for the next service at 4:50pm.

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Notes to editor

· Attached is a photo of Port St Mary RNLI volunteers returning to station after assisting four people on broken down yacht. Credit: RNLI/Port St Mary

· Port St Mary RNLI responds to the most services on the Isle of Man in 2021.

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For more information please contact David Hill, Port St Mary RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at (07624) 471410 or email [email protected].

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