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Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched to assist in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI lifeboat was launched today (17 October) at 11.35am at the request of the Coastguard following a person being reported as missing.

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary searching in heavy seas off the Marine Drive

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary searching in heavy seas off the Marine Drive
The RNLI all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary was launched under the command of volunteer Coxswain Neal Corran to conduct a shoreline search southwards from Douglas as far as Port Soderick and back.

While searching their assigned area advice was received at 12.17pm that the person reported missing had been found safe and well at which point the lifeboat volunteer crew were stood down to return to station where the lifeboat was re-housed, washed down, refuelled and was ready again for service at 1.50pm.

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Caption for one attached photo: Douglas lifeboat Sir William Hillary searching in heavy seas off the Marine Drive. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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