Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht with failed engine
Douglas RNLI lifeboat was launched today (18 September) at 3.08pm when a yacht in difficulties called for assistance.
The RNLI all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary was launched under the command of coxswain Neal Corran and made for the casualty vessel. A radio conversation between the lifeboat's volunteer mechanic Peter Washington and Belfast Coastguard overheard on the lifeboat station's VHF radio at 3.29pm confirmed that the casualty vessel had been located and was to be taken under tow back to Douglas.
On arrival in Douglas harbour the lifeboat berthed the yacht at the Visitors' Pontoon on the Battery Pier where Douglas Coastguard were waiting to assist. Apart from some sea sickness for that one crew member all the occupants appeared none the worse for their ordeal.
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Caption for one attached photo: Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel under tow. Credit: RNLI/Mark Atherton
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