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Port St Mary RNLI comes to aid of two sailors in second call out in 48 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Port St Mary RNLI came to the aid of two sailors on Saturday evening (6 July) after their 28ft yacht got into difficulty at Pooil Vaaish.

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Port St Mary RNLI

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by Belfast Coastguard at 6.45pm following a report that a 28ft yacht was adrift at Pooil Vaaish.

The all-weather lifeboat Gough Ritchie 2 and its volunteer crew was immediately launched to give assistance.

The weather was clear at the time with a Force 3-4 north westerly wind. Arriving on scene the two men on the vessel were observed to be safe and well and it was established that a rope had become wrapped around the steering tiller.

Two Port St Mary RNLI crew members boarded the yacht to assess the situation before working to free the rope from around the tiller. Once the rope had been freed the all-weather lifeboat crew established a tow and towed the yacht into Port St Mary harbour and safely put the boat onto a mooring.

Speaking following the call out Port St Mary RNLI Coxswain Mike Keggen said: ‘This was the second call out for Port St Mary RNLI in just over 48 hours. As we continue to enjoy the good weather, we would remind everyone planning a trip to sea to always respect the water. Plan your trip and check your vessel and engine and ensure you have enough fuel. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and always let someone ashore know when and where you are going and when you are expected back. Should you get into difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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