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Douglas RNLI lifeboat called out to fishing vessel with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI lifeboat was launched today (2 December) at 2.35pm when a fishing vessel reported an engine failure.

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary towing the casualty vessel into Douglas Harbour

RNLI/Michael Howland

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary towing the casualty vessel into Douglas Harbour
The Douglas all weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, under the command of volunteer coxswain Graeme Cushnie made for the 10m fishing vessel whose crew on board had reported them to be approximately 3 miles south east of Douglas when the engine failed.

The fishing vessel was taken under tow back to Douglas and berthed at the Battery Pier where Douglas Coastguard were waiting to assist. The lifeboat then returned to station where it was re-housed and made ready again for service by 4.15pm.

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Caption for one attached photo: Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary towing the casualty vessel into Douglas Harbour.. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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