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Douglas RNLI launch to assist in search for possible casualty

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (10 June) at 5.12pm to assist Coastguards search for a possible casualty.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary searching off Keristal

RNLI/Michael Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary searching off Keristal
A member of the public had reported hearing what they had thought to be a person calling out for help on the cliffs in the Little Ness/Keristal area of the Marine Drive.

In a calm sea with good visibility Coxswain Neal Corran took the all-weather lifeboat, Sir William Hillary, out of Douglas harbour and headed south to conduct a shoreline search from Little Ness to Keristal.

After a thorough search of the area by both the lifeboat volunteers from the sea and Coastguards operating from land the search was called off when nothing could be found.

With the call being put down to one of good intent the lifeboat returned to Douglas and its berth to be made ready again for service.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary searching off Keristal. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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For more information please contact Mike Howland, Douglas RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624496029, email or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or

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