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Douglas RNLI called out to yacht with failed engine

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (4 June) at 8.14pm to go to the aid of a yacht with engine failure.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel at the Battery Pier

RNLI/Michael Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel at the Battery Pier
The twenty five foot yacht with just one person on board had been motoring from Whitehaven which he'd left earlier in the day bound for Douglas. Four miles out from Douglas harbour, off Clay Head, both fan belts on the yacht's engine failed leaving the yacht without power and drive at which point the sole occupant radioed for assistance.

In a flat calm sea and with good visibility Deputy Second Coxswain Graeme Cushnie took the all-weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, out of Douglas harbour then headed north across Douglas Bay towards Clay Head and the last reported position of the yacht.

The casualty vessel was located where reported and a tow quickly established, the lifeboat bringing the yacht in to Douglas harbour and a berth on the Battery Pier where Douglas Coastguard were waiting to assist.

Leaving the lone occupant of the yacht, who was none the worse for his ordeal, in the care of the Coastguard the lifeboat returned to its berth to be made ready again for service.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel at the Battery Pier. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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