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Douglas RNLI called out to day boat with failed engine

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (8 June) at 4.18pm to go to the aid of a day boat with failed engine.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel entering Douglas harbour

RNLI/Michael Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel entering Douglas harbour
The 5m vessel with five people on board was five miles south of Douglas, off Santon Head when their engine failed and they called the Coastguard for assistance.

In a flat calm sea Coxswain Neal Corran took the all-weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, out of Douglas harbour and headed south for the last reported position of the casualty vessel.

With excellent visibility the day boat and is occupants were quickly located and having ensured that all on board were well and required no immediate attention the lifeboat took the day boat under tow.

The casualty vessel was towed back to Douglas harbour to a berth on the Battery Pier Visitors' Pontoon where Douglas Coastguard were waiting to assist.

Leaving the five occupants of the day boat 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 entering Douglas harbour. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Mike Howland, Douglas RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624496029, email mike.howland@manx.net or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk


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