Tower of Refuge walk attracts thousands

More than 3,000 people take part in a guided walk to the Tower of Refuge

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More than 3,400 people took part in a guided walk to the Tower of Refuge in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Tuesday.

The tower, built on Conister Rock in Douglas in 1832, was the idea of Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI.

The Douglas landmark can only be reached on foot during certain tidal conditions.

Organiser Michelle O'Malley said the tower "exerts a special fascination and inspires tremendous curiosity."

On Monday two people were rescued from Conister Rock after walking to the Tower at low tide and becoming cut off when the tide changed.

Two people rescued from Conister Rock The RNLI rescued two people from Conister Rock the day before the walk

The Douglas lifeboat was launched but it had to use an inflatable dinghy to reach the two stranded people.

The RNLI said it was only possible to walk to the tower during the spring and autumn low tides and people should not attempt to reach it on their own.

The tower was designed as a shelter for the crews of vessels that were wrecked on the nearby reef.

Sir William Hillary, who launched an appeal in 1824 that led to the foundation of the RNLI, was a member of the Douglas lifeboat crew.

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