Douglas RNLI called out to assist in recovery of youths stranded on cliffs

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI volunteer crew were paged today (3 August) at 9.14pm to assist the Coastguard recover two youths from cliffs.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, standing by

RNLI/Peter Cowin

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, standing by
The two youths had become stranded on the cliff below Onchan Head and it was decided it was safer to lower the youths down to the water’s edge to be recovered by the lifeboat.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, was launched under the command of volunteer coxswain Peter Cowin and with just a calm Douglas Bay to cross was quickly on the scene of the incident.

With the two youths to be recovered to the lifeboat, volunteer crew members Robert Radcliffe and Tom Washington used the lifeboat’s daughter boat, an inflatable dinghy, to go ashore to liaise with the Coastguard Cliff Technician on site who assisted with transferring the two youths, one at a time, into the dinghy to be taken to the lifeboat.

With both youths safely onboard, and daughter boat and crew recovered, the lifeboat made the short journey back to harbour where the two youths were left in the care of the Coastguard seeming none the worse for their experience.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, standing by.
Credit: RNLI/Peter Cowin

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