At 0600 this morning the 17-metre fishing boat 'Lynn Marie' called Liverpool Coastguard to report a collision between their vessel and the 155 metre coaster 'MV Philip'. Although there was minimal damage to the coaster, the fishing vessel suffered extensive damage to her port side bow and began taking on water. Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of the Port St Mary RNLI Lifeboat, and other vessels in the area including the HM Customs Cutter 'Sentinel'.
Crew from the Port St Mary Lifeboat boarded the fishing vessel with their pump, along with a pump from the Sentinel, to try and stop it from taking on water. The Port Erin RNLI Lifeboat was also launched to provide an extra pump. The Port St Mary Lifeboat then towed the fishing vessel stern first (due to the damage) into the harbour at Port St Mary.
Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager Su Daintith said:
"The fishing vessel Lynn Marie arrived alongside at Port St Mary at 0941 with the intention to tow her into the inner harbour at high water. The coaster MV Philip proceeded on to its original destination of Greenock.
We have informed the Marine Accident Investigation Branch of this incident."