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New lifeboat for Ramsey

Thu, 14 Oct 2021


A new lifeboat for Ramsey is expected to arrive in Manx waters at the start of next year.

The new Shannon class lifeboat was lowered into the water at the RNLI's All-Weather Lifeboat Centre in Pool earlier this week as part of a short ceremony.

There now follows six weeks of sea trials and checks to ensure that the vessel is perfect in every respect before coming to Ramsey early next year and taking over from the Station’s current Mersey class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), the Ruby Clery.

The Ann & James Ritchie 2 has been funded by the Gough Ritchie Trust. It will be the third Ramsey lifeboat to be funded by the Ritchie family and Gough Ritchie Trust. The Oakley class ALB James Ball Ritchie served from 1970 to 1991 and the Mersey class ALB Ann & James Ritchie served from 1991 to 4 December 2019. The Ann & James Ritchie 2 will be the second Shannon class lifeboat to be stationed on the Isle of Man, Peel RNLI having the first.

Kevin Christian MBE is Ramsey’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) and served as a crew member on both the James Ball Ritchie and the Ann & James Ritchie. He said: ‘We owe a huge thank you to all the teams within the RNLI who have made this possible; from the design stages through to the construction crew. It is a huge investment by the RNLI, and the Gough Ritchie Trust, and will enable us to effectively continue our work of saving life at sea in the 21st century. Thank you.‘

 


 

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