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Port St Mary RNLI save person in Castletown Bay

Mon, 02 Dec 2019

Credit: RNLI Port St Mary
Credit: RNLI Port St Mary
Port St Mary RNLI have rescued a person on a small pleasure craft that was in difficulty in Castletown Bay.
Yesterday the volunteer lifeboat crew of the Gough Ritchie 2 were carrying out a routine man overboard training exercise near Spanish Head, when they were requested by Belfast Coastguard at 11.30am to go to the aid of the vessel.
The exercise was aborted, and the lifeboat proceeded to the aid of the casualty vessel, which had a rope fouling its propeller.
On arrival at the scene, two crew members were put on board to assess the situation. One entered the water to see if the rope could be cleared but when it could not be fully cleared, the decision was made to tow the vessel into Castletown Harbour where it was safely handed over to the local Coastguard unit.
Port St Mary RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Sarah Keggen said: ‘We were delighted to be of assistance today and wish the crew onboard the pleasure craft well. This was the first call out for two probationary crew members Robert Marshall and Liam Farrar who afterwards agreed that the training they have received from the RNLI has been invaluable when implementing it into a real-life situation.'
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