Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht in difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI lifeboat was launched today (30 August) at 7.25pm following the report of a yacht in difficulties in Douglas Bay.

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary was launched under the command of deputy second coxswain Graeme Cushnie when a yacht with two people on board was reported to have run aground just off the northern end of Douglas Beach.

The yacht's crew had been able to refloat the yacht by the time the lifeboat reached them. However they had not been able to make any further progress because of a brisk onshore wind and the incoming tide overpowering their auxiliary engine.

The lifeboat took the yacht under tow bringing it across the Bay into the shelter of Douglas Harbour where the crew of the yacht were then able to make their own way back to their berth using the yacht's auxiliary engine.

Notes to editors
Caption for one attached photo: Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary with casualty vessel under tow. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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