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Early morning call out for RNLI Douglas lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Douglas lifeboat volunteer crew members were paged at 2.41am today(29 March) to go to the aid of a yacht becalmed off Douglas.

Douglas RNLI lifeboat returning to harbour with casualty vessel.

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas RNLI lifeboat returning to harbour with casualty vessel.
The yacht with two people on board had been on passage from Kirkcudbright since 10.30am the previous day and the crew had tacked for the approach to Douglas some two miles out when the wind dropped leaving them becalmed. With insufficient fuel to then complete their journey under power the crew had called for assistance.

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary launched under the command of volunteer coxswain Graeme Cushnie to tow the casualty vessel back to the Liner Berth between the Victoria and Edward Piers in Douglas Harbour where the Coastguard were waiting to assist.

The lifeboat then returned to station where it was re-housed and made ready again for service by 3.45am

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Caption for one attached photo: "Douglas RNLI lifeboat returning to harbour with casualty vessel". Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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