HMS Ramsey supports Isle of Man TT bike race

Crew members from Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Ramsey have been recognised for their outstanding efforts in helping keep people safe during the Isle of Man TT Races.

The Sandown Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel visited the island from June 3-9 during the world-renowned motorcycle races. 

While there sailors from the ship lent their assistance, acting as marshals and supporting both the police and ambulance service with their first-aid and fire-fighting skills.

In recognition, Chief Constable of Isle of Man Constabulary Gary Roberts, presented the ship’s company with a certificate, thanking them for their “community spirit, showing support and professionalism to help keep people safe”.  

The Royal Navy trains her sailors in both first-aid and fire-fighting so it was good to put those skills to the use during the event.

Commander Jim Blythe

HMS Ramsey’s Sub Lieutenant Chris Fraser-Shaw was one of the medically trained crew members on hand to offer assistance. 

On Sunday, June 5 - known as “Mad Sunday”- where members of the general public get to race, Chris assisted with a number of incidents, including a high-speed crash where a motorcyclist came off his bike in the mountains.

After receiving medical help, the racer was able to make a quick recovery, allowing him to enjoy the rest of the TT.

“The crew of HMS Ramsey were very glad to be able to help during the TT Races,” said Lieutenant Commander Jim Blythe, Commanding Officer of HMS Ramsey. 

“The Royal Navy trains her sailors in both first-aid and fire-fighting so it was good to put those skills to the use during the event. 

“The certificate presented by the Chief Constable now has pride of place on the wall of the ship’s Junior Rates’ Mess.

“It’s a constant reminder of why we do what we do – to help keep people safe.”