There’s no Fool Like Old Fuel

Ramsey RNLI were paged at 6pm on Friday to the aid of an 18ft Boston Whaler,  with one person on board, which had broken down half a mile east of Ramsey Lifeboat Station.

At the time of the incident the weather was fine with a light offshore wind. 

The volunteer lifeboat crew of the all-weather RNLB Ann and James Ritchie 2, under the command of Coxswain Mark Kenyon, quickly reached the casualty and vessel was taken under tow and returned to Ramsey. 

The lifeboat was recovered at 7.10pm, washed down and made ready for service.

Coxswain Mark Kenyon said: ‘Despite the engine having been fully serviced it appears that the problem was fuel related. It may seem wasteful to discard the previous seasons fuel but anyone intending to go to sea after a vessel has been unused for a long period should always ensure that fresh fuel is used.  Modern Petrol does not store well in cans and quickly deteriorates if conditions are not ideal. Condensation in part filled tanks can also cause engine problems should water be drawn into the fuel lines.’

This was the second service call for the Ann and James Ritchie 2 and the first service launch for the vessel following her naming ceremony on 2nd July 2022.