Douglas RNLI called out to fishing boat with a failed engine

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (25 September) at 11.51am to go to the aid of a fishing boat with a failed engine.

The 9m vessel with one person on board had left Douglas about an hour earlier on a fishing trip when arriving off Onchan Head at the north end of Douglas Bay the engine overheated and failed necessitating an immediate call to the Coastguard by VHF radio for assistance.

With the wind gusting from force 5 to 7 and a heavy swell crossing Douglas Bay Coxswain Neal Corran took the all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, out of Douglas harbour heading for the last reported position of the casualty vessel.

Visibility was good and the fishing boat was quickly located and having first ensured that the sole crewman was well and required no immediate attention the lifeboat took the fishing boat under tow back to a berth in Douglas Marina where the Douglas Coastguard were waiting to assist.

Leaving the fisherman and his boat in the care of the Coastguard the lifeboat returned to station to be re-housed and made ready again for service.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel under tow in the heavy swell. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel under tow in the heavy swell

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer with casualty vessel under tow in the heavy swell

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