Crew safe and well
Port St Mary lifeboat Gough Ritchie 2 was launched yesterday evening (Sat 23) after a rapidly sinking fishing boat put out a mayday call.
The alarm was raised just after 6pm when the vessel, which had a crew of two, was around two and a half miles north west of the Calf Sound.
Port Erin's lifeboat Muriel and Leslie and a coastguard helicopter were also called out to help. All the rescue vessels were informed as they were en-route that the boat had sunk, but the crew had been rescued from the water by another fishing vessel which was nearby.
Port St Mary Cox, Mike Keggen, says if it had not been for the quick reaction of the second vessel, and the fact that both crew members from the stricken vessel were wearing their life jackets, the outcome could have been very different.