Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched following reported sighting of distress flares

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI lifeboat was launched yesterday (14 July) at 11.34pm following the report of distress flares being seen off Douglas.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer being launched to commence search

RNLI/Michael Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer being launched to commence search
The flares were reported as being seen some 5 miles due east of Douglas. Following the launch of Douglas' all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, under the command of volunteer coxswain Graeme Cushnie the lifeboat made for where the flares were reported as being seen.

At the direction of the Coastguards, the search began. After two hours with nothing being found the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 936 joined the search which then continued for another two and a half hours.

At 3.55am this morning (15 July) with nothing untoward being found both lifeboat and helicopter were stood down, the lifeboat returning to Douglas to be re-housed and made ready again for service.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer being launched to commence search. 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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