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Douglas RNLI launched to assist in a multi-agency incident

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched today (19 September) at 1.50pm at the request of the Coastguard.

Launch of Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer

RNLI/Mike Howland

Launch of Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer
Coastguard statement on the incident:-
“At 13.01 Douglas Coastguards were called to a jet skier in difficulty just off Douglas Prom in the Loch Prom area, when we arrived on scene we were met with an injured jet skier who members of the public had managed to help out to safety after his jet ski had broken down causing him and his ski to be thrown against the sea wall injuring him due to the swell…we requested Douglas Lifeboat to launch to recover the abandoned jet ski and also check an object in the water near to where the incident had happened.”

The all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, under the command of coxswain Graeme Cushnie headed out off Douglas harbour and into the bay to assist in the safe recovery of both jet skies and non-injured personnel.

With a successful conclusion to the incident the lifeboat was recovered to the boathouse where it was washed down, re-fuelled and made ready again for service by 2.30pm.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Return of Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer.
Credit: RNLI/Mike Howland

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