Saving Lives at Sea

RNLI Operations Director John Payne has met with representatives from the gov to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out each organisation’s responsibilities for search and rescue operations on the island.

Mr Payne visited Douglas Lifeboat Station on Wednesday and joined the volunteer crew on an exercise at sea. He then went on to visit Port St Mary and Peel RNLI Lifeboat Stations. Following this, he visited the Sea Terminal where the MOU was signed.

Standing L-R Kevin Scott; Chris Gaskin; Michael MacDonald, and seated L-R John Payne; Mark Kenyon

Director of Harbours Mark Kenyon (MBE) signed the document on behalf of the Isle of Man Harbours and Coastguard. He was joined by two Coastguard managers.

The Isle of Man Coastguard and the RNLI have worked together throughout both their histories towards a common purpose of saving lives. This Memorandum of Understanding formalises that process in a way that can demonstrate their commitment to joint working and building on what is a very positive relationship.

John Payne, Director of Lifesaving Operations for the RNLI said: ‘The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and our close co-operation on the island with the Isle of Man Coastguard helps to make this possible. The RNLI has a long and proud history on the island, with Douglas being the birth-place of the RNLI, so it’s fitting that this document was signed here. We are pleased to officially recognise this relationship with a Memorandum of Understanding between us.’

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