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Two rescued after yacht runs aground on the Isle of Man

Two people were found wearing lifejackets and unhurt. Credit: RNLI Peel

Two people have been rescued after a yacht ran aground on the Isle of Man.

Peel's RNLI volunteer crew were called out just before 1 am on Monday 18 June - following reports of a yacht that had run aground on a beach close to Jurby.

They found a 10 metre yacht being bashed about by waves. Two people were on board.

They used a tow rope to pull the yacht clear of the surf.

Tonight’s call out demonstrates the level of commitment required by our volunteer crew to undertake the high level of training provided by the RNLI. > As a crew, we attend weekly training nights and exercise twice a month in order to ready our self for all eventualities

– Paul Cain, Peel RNLI Mechanic/Coxswain


IoM rescue teams recover missing person from cliff

The Sir William Hillary returning to Douglas harbour Credit: RNLI Douglas

The Isle of Man Coastguard and RNLI were called out last night to rescue a missing person from a cliff edge.

RNLI Douglas located the person at around 11:47pm on the foot of cliffs on the Marine Drive in Douglas.

The lifeboat Sir William Hillary left Douglas Harbour around to the cliffs below the Toll Gate to primarily assist the Coastguard by using the lifeboat's search lights to illuminate the scene - a dingy was also used by RNLI volunteers.

With the casualty safely back on the Marine Drive, the dinghy and its crew along with the Coastguard returned to the lifeboat, which then made its way back to Douglas.

RNLI IoM recover unconscious male from beach

Port Skillion Beach from lifeboat Credit: RNLI Douglas

Volunteers from the Isle of Man's Douglas RNLI assisted in a multi-agency call to recover an unconscious male from a beach.

Coastguards and paramedics had secured the casualty on a back board and stretcher on Port Skillion Beach just outside Douglas Harbour. Access to the beach is only via flights of steep steps at either end of the beach so the lifeboat was requested to evacuate the casualty from offshore.

Deputy Second Coswain Tony Radcliffe took the all-weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, as close to the beach as the depth of water would allow then volunteer crew members Lavinia Washington and James Bettridge used the lifeboat’s daughter boat, an inflatable dinghy, to go ashore to recover the casualty to the lifeboat.

With the casualty safely transferred to the lifeboat, the dinghy and its crew also recovered, the lifeboat returned to Douglas, to the Liner Berth where the Coastguard and paramedics were waiting to transfer the casualty to an ambulance to be taken to Nobles Hospital.

The efficient way the crew handled themselves this morning is evidence of the regular training given by the RNLI, and in particular Lavinia who recently passed her Casulaty Care assessment and took a place in the dinghy.

– Lifeboat mechanic, Peter Cowin

WATCH: IoM lifeboat leaves slipway for the last time

An Isle of Man lifeboat has had its last slipway launch this weekend after serving Douglas for 29 years.

The RNLI's Sir William Hillary is leaving its usual berth at Douglas Lifeboat Station while a refurbishment of the building is carried out.

For the next few months it will launch from Douglas Harbour.

The final slipway launch from the lifeboat station was marked by a celebration with volunteers joined by boats from Ramsey, Peel, Port St Mary and Newhaven.

A memorial service was also held afterwards for the boat's namesake, founder of the RNLI Sir William Hillary, who is buried in Douglas.

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Fleetwood RNLI volunteers welcome their state-of-the-art new lifeboat

Fleetwood's RNLI volunteers are set for a new era of lifesaving with the arrival of their new lifeboat.

The £2.2 boat provides the town with one of the fastest vessels in the RNLI fleet.

It's been named Kenneth James Pierpoint, a Royal Air Force pilot who died aged just 20 in August 1942.

The purchase of the boat was only made possible thanks to a donation to the RNLI in Kenneth's memory by his sister Kathleen Mary Pierpoint.

RAF pilot Kenneth James Pierpoint, who died in 1942. His sister Kathleen left a legacy to the RNLI which is funding Fleetwood’s next lifeboat, named in honour of Kenneth. Credit: RNLI

Fleetwood's last lifeboat, named William Street, has been in service since 1989.

In that time, crews have carried out 528 rescues, and saved the lives of hundreds of people.

"The Shannon is capable of speeds of 25 knots, almost 50 per cent faster than our current lifeboat, and is more manoeuvrable.

"That means our crew will reach casualties more quickly and effectively, increasing the chance of saving their lives."

– Dave Eccles, Fleetwood RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager

Footage shows dog's dramatic rescue from sea

This video shows the dramatic moment a golden retriever had to be rescued from the water after being swept half a mile out to sea while playing on the shoreline.

Ten-year-old Martha had been with her owner on the beach in Leasowe in Merseyside and was paddling in the water when she was caught out by a strong current.

And with the strength of the outgoing tide, the dog was rapidly swept out to sea:

Credit: RNLI / Bob Warwick

When both craft reached the scene and after a search we eventually found the dog about 1/2 mile from shore and being rapidly swept out to sea on the outgoing tide.

Although sea conditions were calm it was still very difficult to spot the dog. When we eventually reached her we just managed to get hold of her collar then got her into the lifeboat.

Although she had been swimming well she was cold and shivering and we wrapped her up in survival bag and calmed her down then took her to the lifeboat station where we were met by her very relieved owner.

– Dave Lowe, The lifeboat's senior helmsman
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