‘Summer’ weather means fewer launches for our lifeboat crews

IN ACTION: Peel RNLI all-weather lifeboat Ruby Clery was launched seven times over the summer

IN ACTION: Peel RNLI all-weather lifeboat Ruby Clery was launched seven times over the summer

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BAD weather resulted in a fall in the number of island RNLI lifeboat launches this summer.

Manx lifeboats were called out 21 times from June to the end of August – compared with 30 times last year.

But Peel lifeboat station – the busiest – saw a rise in call-outs, with its all-weather lifeboat being launched seven times.

RNLI west division training inspector Andy Hurley said: ‘It seems the combination of both wet and windy weather has kept people in port this summer, which at times has been a good decision especially for leisure craft users.

‘The number of lifeboat launches might by down compared to last year’s figures, however this doesn’t take away from the invaluable work that the volunteer lifeboat crew do across the coast.

‘RNLI volunteers commit to assist people in trouble across the coast anytime of the day or night to help save lives at sea.’

Volunteers showed their commitment and skill a number of times over the summer. Port St Mary RNLI lifeboat crew spent more than four and a half hours at sea in June as they towed a fishing vessel with a fouled propeller from a position 20 miles south-west of the island. Peel volunteers were called away minutes before the start of the Sunday Lifeboat Service in August to help a boy who had been blown nearly two miles out to sea in a small kayak when he was picked up by the crew, having been pulled aboard a passing fishing vessel.

RNLI representatives from all five of the island’s stations escorted the Olympic Torch on its journey aboard the Douglas all-weather lifeboat as well as being chosen to take part in the historic event individually.

Peel RNLI station mechanic Paul Cain joined RNLI representatives on the charity’s Tamar class lifeboat in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

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