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Tower of Refuge walk to raise RNLI funds

Tower of Refuge Walk 2013 Image copyright Douglas Development Partnership
Image caption The tower was designed as a shelter for the crews of vessels that were wrecked on the nearby reef.

Thousands of people took part in a guided walk to the Tower of Refuge in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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

Last year, more than 4,800 people walked to the landmark, which can only be reached on foot during certain tidal conditions.

The guided walk began at approximately 17:30 BST on Saturday.

A spokeswoman said all proceeds will be given directly to the RNLI but that visitors will not be permitted to enter the tower itself due to health and safety reasons.

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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