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RNLI fundraising appeal launched

Charity facing "The Perfect Storm"

As Christmas approaches, the RNLI says it faces a 'perfect storm' when it comes to funds.

The charity says more people than ever need its help, which means the public's support is more vital than ever.

Isle of Man lifeboats launched 71 times last year, coming to the aid of 90 people.

Douglas' launched 25 times, rescuing 22 people while Peel's went out 15 times, bringing 24 people to safety.

Port Erin's launched six times, coming to the aid of seven people, Port St Mary's launched 13 times, rescuing 17 people and Ramsey's launched 12 times, rescuing 20 people.

One of those had their life saved, thanks to the direct actions of the lifeboat crew.

To ensure the RNLI can continue its lifesaving work this Christmas and into the future, the charity is running a major fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm.

A spokesman says the RNLI has experienced a shortfall in funds, but is rescuing more people than ever before.

To support the RNLI’s Perfect Storm appeal this Christmas, visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm