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Peel RNLI helps struggling sailboat 

Two occupants aboard vessel facing engine failure

Peel RNLI volunteers were called out over the weekend to help assist a boat which was struggling with engine failure as it entered the bay.

The Shannon class lifeboat, Frank and Brenda Winter, was launched on Saturday afternoon to assist the occupants of the sailboat just north of the breakwater.

The crew established a tow line and the casualty vessel, with two people aboard, was brought to safety.

Volunteer Coxswain Mike Faragher says: 'Our volunteers train, especially with our flanking stations, so they have the skills and experience needed to undertake towing in a safe and effective manner.

'Although the weather was good there were big swells to contend with while towing and manoeuvring the disabled vessel.  

'The development of such skills is only possible through the generosity of the charity’s many supporters and the dedication of our volunteers. As the RNLI celebrates its 200th Anniversary we are grateful for both as we continue with our mission to save lives at sea.'

The lifeboat was then recovered on its SLRS carriage, washed down and returned to the boathouse ready for service by 7pm.  

The next morning the shore and boat crews were back at Peel boathouse to continue their training in emergency procedures and in launch and recovery operations.  

 

 

 

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