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Port St Mary RNLI launch to assist in search

Lifeboats News Release

Following a request from HM Coastguard Port St Mary volunteer crew were paged at 12.58 pm on Saturday 29 October.

All weather lifeboat sailing through rough seas

RNLI/David Hill

Port St Mary launching on service

The all-weather lifeboat, Gough Ritchie II, was launched at 1.07 pm into strong south easterly winds with a 2-metre swell and heavy showers to assist in the search for a missing person.

The lifeboat was on scene at 1.34 pm which coincided with the arrival of Coastguard helicopter 936 from North Wales.

HM Coastguard stood all search and rescue resources down at 2.15 pm.

The all-weather lifeboat returned to Port St Mary and was made ready for future service.

Coxswain Michael Keggen said:

‘Our volunteer crew launched in challenging conditions to assist in the search. Our crews are well trained and equipped to handle searches in these conditions. We worked with our colleagues from the Coastguard on this occasion.’

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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]. Photo credit: David Hill

Or Claire Elshaw RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07468 353082

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