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Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched after Ben-my-Chree report radar distress signal

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Douglas all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary was launched today (17 November) under the command of Deputy Second Coxswain Tony Radcliffe to assist in a search off Laxey.

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary launching this morning

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary launching this morning
The crew of the MV Ben-my-Chree, returning to Douglas from Heysham this morning, had reported to the Coastguard receipt of a signal from a radar search and rescue transponder (SART).

The Douglas lifeboat made its way towards the estimated position of the origin of the SART signal just off Laxey. There was a fishing boat in the immediate vicinity but a quick radio conversation between lifeboat and fishing boat crews confirmed all was well on the fishing boat.

At 8.33am on advice from the Coastguard the Douglas lifeboat commenced an expanding pattern search of the area. At 10.15am with nothing found or seen and in the absence of any further distress signals the lifeboat crew were stood down to return to Douglas.

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Caption for one attached photo: Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary launching this morning. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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