Douglas RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers were paged today (10 January) at 3.55pm at the request of Douglas Coastguard.
Douglas Coastguard had been called out with other emergency services to a major multi-agency rescue to a motorist and their vehicle which had left the Marine Drive at Keristal and ended up on the beach.
The all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, under the command of coxswain Edd Christian made its way to Port Soderick bay where it stood by off Keristal beach in case its services were required for a casualty evacuation by sea.
Volunteer crewmen James Betteridge and Michael Kaighen went ashore in the lifeboat’s rubber dinghy daughter boat to assist the other services’ personnel already on the beach.
After the one casualty from the vehicle had been recovered by a Coastguard Helicopter and transferred to Nobles Hospital for further treatment, the two crew ashore returned to the lifeboat which then made its way back to Douglas to be recovered to the boathouse and was made ready again for service by 7pm.
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Caption for attached photo: Lifeboat return to station.
Credit: RNLI/Paul Cunningham
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