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Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched to assist Coastguard in search

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers were paged yesterday afternoon (4 February) at the request of the Coastguard to assist in a search for a missing dog.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer returning to station

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer returning to station
From the Douglas Coastguard report ‘At 14.55 today Douglas Coastguards were called to rescue a dog that had been washed out to sea from Garwick Beach while being exercised, on arrival on scene it was soon apparent that the dog was too far out by then for us to rescue, Douglas Lifeboat was also launched to assist with the rescue, unfortunately neither service was able to locate or recover the dog despite numerous sweeps of the coast between Garwick and Laxey Harbour’

As darkness fell the search was called off and the RNLI all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer returned to station to be recovered and made ready again for service.

Today (5 February) the story has a happy ending as the dog has been found on the beach at Garwick alive and well, and apparently none the worse for its adventure.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer returning to station. Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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