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Peel RNLI receives two call outs in 24 hours

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Peel RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew have responded to two call outs over the weekend.

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The first call out happened on Saturday night (21 April) to rescue five people stranded on a 16ft boat returning from a day trip to Northern Ireland. The second call out was Sunday afternoon (22 April) to assist 3 people stranded on a boat with engine failure.

The first call out which happened on Saturday evening was to a group who had been on a day trip to Ardglass in County Down when their vessel ran out of fuel on the return journey to the Isle of Man.

Peel RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Ruby Clery launched at 9.40pm, in fair weather conditions, to assist the family who were located four miles west of Peel.

Once on scene the lifeboat crew first checked that all on board, who were wearing life jackets, were safe and well. A towline was then established between the stranded vessel and the lifeboat and the boat was towed safely back to the island arriving at Peel Harbour at 11.50pm.

Peel RNLI launched for a second time at 5.55pm on Sunday afternoon to assist a group who had experienced engine failure 1 mile west of Knocksherry on the Isle of Man.

In moderate conditions the volunteer crew located the vessel within 20 minutes and were able to establish a tow. All on board were wearing life jackets and were towed back to Peel safe and well.

Speaking following the call outs, Peel RNLI Coxswain Frankie Horne said: ‘As we approach the summer season we would like to remind everyone to respect the water and be mindful of the importance of preparing fully and checking that all equipment is in working order before taking to sea. We would also remind water users to always wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling for help. Should something go wrong dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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For more information please contact Marc Vincent, Peel RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624210731, email marcstipi@hotmail.com or contact

Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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