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Peel Lifeboat assists motorboat with engine failure

Vessel was located some seven miles to the west of Peel

Peel RNLI volunteers were called out over the weekend to help assist a vessel some seven nautical miles west of Peel.

The 7-metre motorboat with two people aboard was on passage to Killyleagh, Northern Ireland when its engine failed.

The Shannon class lifeboat, Frank and Brenda Winter, was launched just after 3pm on Saturday (8 June), reaching it within 20 minutes.

Peel’s Volunteer Coxswain Jon Corlett explained the next steps: "Once on scene we checked the well-being of those aboard, considered their situation and the sea conditions at the time and determined the most efficient and safest way of assisting them was to tow the vessel to Peel where necessary repairs could be made.

"Towing can be dangerous to casualties and crew if carried out incorrectly, so it is important that our crew members develop and maintain their knowledge and skills. Today, our volunteers performed faultlessly."

Peel Lifeboat’s Chairman and Launch Authority, Stuart Blackley, added: "Providing vital training that keeps our crew members from harm and allows them to save lives is only possible through the generosity of the RNLI’s many supporters.

"The enthusiastic work of Peel Lifeboat’s fundraising volunteers ensures we can provide not only training, but also equipment, protective kit and even fuel for the lifeboat.  We are grateful to everyone who supports our charity’s work. Together we are all lifesavers."

By 7 pm, the lifeboat was recovered, washed down, rehoused and ready for service again.

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