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Douglas RNLI called out to fishing boat with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (8 September) at 10.04am to go to the aid of a fishing boat with a failed engine.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel entering Douglas harbour

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel entering Douglas harbour
The 9m vessel with two people on board had left Douglas earlier in the morning on a fishing trip. At approximately 10am, when they were some four miles east of Douglas, the engine overheated due to a suspected blocked coolant inlet and failed necessitating an immediate call to the Coastguard by VHF radio for assistance.

In a slight sea, with rain and drizzle, coxswain Graeme Cushnie took the all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, out of Douglas harbour and headed east for the last reported position of the casualty vessel.

With visibility hampered a little by the drizzle the fishing boat was first located on the lifeboat's radar. The casualty vessel was reached at 10.44am and having first ensured that all on board were well and required no immediate attention the lifeboat took the fishing boat under tow back to Douglas to a berth on the Battery Pier where Castletown Coastguard were waiting to assist.

Leaving the two crew and their fishing boat in the care of the Coastguard the lifeboat returned to station to be re-housed and made ready again for service.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel entering Douglas harbour. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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