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Peel lifeboat in dramatic overnight rescue.

Lifeboats News Release

In a rescue involving 2 war ships, 3 helicopters and a fishing vessel Peel all weather lifeboat Ruby Clery under the command of coxswain Paul Cain rescued a 20 metre converted trawler 11 miles West of Peel.

The shout came at 1 30am. (Wednesday 21/09/16) and the lifeboat was launched very shortly after.

The converted fishing vessel on passage from Glasgow to Conwy started taking water through the stern tube and was in danger of sinking. The Northern Irish fishing vessel Stephanie M gave shelter to the casualty until Peel lifeboat and its volunteer crew were able to put a pump on board to evacuate the water.

The vessel with three adults and one child on board was stabilised and helicopters and other vessels stood down. The trawler was then taken in tow by Peel lifeboat bound for Peel, during this time the young lady and child were taken ill so the tow was dropped about 15 minutes from Peel and the two taken into Peel to a waiting ambulance where they were treated and then removed to Nobles hospital.

Meanwhile the lifeboat returned to the stricken vessel which was now under way on its own and escorted it into Peel harbour at about 5am.

Coxswain Paul Cain, said: ​‘We advise people to always check their equipment before leaving port.’

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