Ramsey RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) in response to a distress signal.

Belfast Coastguard requested the launch after a report of an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) transmitting along the island’s east coast of the Isle of Man.

An RNLI spokesman said: ’Usually such an alarm indicates a vessel in serious danger.’

Ramsey lifeboat proceeded towards the last known bearing of the EPIRB transmitting the distress signal.

It was then established that the EPIRB activation had been accidental and the lifeboat and her volunteer crew were stood down and returned home.

Ali Clague, Ramsey’s Mechanic and emergency Coxswain, said: ‘EPIRBs can be activated automatically or manually and undoubtedly are lifesavers. ’It is extremely important to regularly check that they are in good working order and we can put this one down as a false alarm with good intent.’