Douglas RNLI called out to yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (15 July) at 12.28pm to go to the aid of a yacht in difficulty.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel at Battery Pier

RNLI/Michael Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel at Battery Pier
The 36ft. yacht had been sailing with others in Douglas Bay when its sails became entangled in the yacht's rigging. Resorting to their inboard engine the crew of the yacht attempted to motor back into Douglas Harbour. However, with a brisk offshore wind they were unable to make any headway so called the Coastguard for assistance.

For the second time in twenty four hours Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer was launched with volunteer coxswain Graeme Cushnie again in command with a view to recover the yacht to the harbour under tow.

The casualty yacht had by this time made sufficient way towards the harbour to benefit from some shelter allowing the yacht's crew to make the remainder of the journey into harbour under their own power.

Douglas lifeboat escorted the yacht to a berth on the Visitor's Pontoon at the Battery Pier where Douglas Coastguard were waiting to assist. The lifeboat then returned to station to be re-covered, re-fuelled and made ready again for service.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel at Battery Pier. 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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