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RNLI IoM rescue boat headed towards rocks

RNLI Ramsey crew passing the tow to the passengers on 'Dory'. Photo: RNLI/Ali Clague

RNLI volunteers on the Isle of Man rescued a small vessel with engine failure heading towards rocks.

On Sunday at approximately 17:45 Ramsey’s Mersey class lifeboat, RNLB Ann & James Ritchie, was launched to assist the 16-foot open boat, Dory.

Both engines had failed and although the two-man crew had deployed an anchor, the vessel was still in danger of drifting onto the rocks.

Ramsey RNLI lifeboat Ann & James Ritchie arriving to the scene. Credit: RNLI/Steve Maddrell

Once the RNLI arrived they took the boat safely in tow and then on to a safe berth in Laxey Harbour.

The skipper of the Dory later sent a message to Ramsey RNLI expressing his gratitude:

I really have no idea what we would do if it weren't for you guys keeping the seas safe. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved, including the shore crew. You are a cracking bunch of people and having now, unfortunately, seen you operating from the other side of the fenders, I can say how thoroughly professional the whole operation was and how very glad we were to see you charging over the horizon.

– Skipper of the 'Dory'