Douglas RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched today (17 July) at 4.55pm at the request of the Coastguard.
The Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, was launched under the command of volunteer coxswain, Peter Cowin, heading for a leisure craft in Douglas Bay just off Onchan Head which had caught fire.
On arrival it was quickly established that the one person who had been on board had immediately abandoned the burning vessel without injury and had been picked up by a yacht which had been close by.
The lifeboat then stood by until the fire had burned itself out and what remained of the vessel had eventually sunk reporting its position to Belfast Coastguard before returning to harbour to be recovered to the boathouse and was made ready again for service by 6.50pm.
On what was his first call out since qualifying as a coxswain, Peter Cowin said 'As coxswain I felt for the owner of the boat, it broke my heart watching it burn. We are not a fire fighting unit, our role is to save lives at sea. The heat was incredible, there was fuel, flares and possibly gas onboard which could put the crew in unnecessary danger.'
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Caption for attached photo: Casualty vessel with Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer standing by.
Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland
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