Douglas RNLI called out to assist sailing yacht in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched today (9 September) at 6.05am at the request of the Coastguard.

Casualty vessel under tow by Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer

RNLI/Peter D Cowin

Casualty vessel under tow by Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer
A 7m sailing yacht on passage to Stranraer with two people on board had run into problems off Langness. The crew had found it difficult to make way against the tide and weather around the peninsular and with their engine running low on fuel the crew radioed the Coastguard for assistance.

The all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, under the command of coxswain Edd Christian headed south out off Douglas on a calm sea and with increasing light quickly found the casualty vessel.

Having first ensured that the two people on board were not in need of any immediate assistance themselves the yacht was taken under tow back to Douglas and a berth at the Visitors’ Pontoon on the Battery Pier,

With the sailing yacht safely berthed the lifeboat was recovered to the boathouse where it was washed down, re-fuelled and made ready again for service by 7.35am.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Casualty vessel under tow by Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer.
Credit: RNLI/Peter D Cowin

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