Douglas RNLI called out to assist in multi agency search

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched today (15 November) at 8.22pm at the request of the Coastguard.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, returning to harbour

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, returning to harbour
While the volunteer boat and shore crew were recovering the Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, to the boathouse following an assessment exercise, a request was received from the Coastguard to assist them and Police in a search for a person reported as missing.

With crew immediately available the lifeboat was launched under the command of volunteer coxswain Peter Cowin on to a flat calm sea to conduct a shoreline search around Douglas Head and the Marine Drive from Port Skillion to the Pigeon Stream.

While the search was ongoing a report was received at 8.50pm that the person concerned had been found safe and well elsewhere at which point the lifeboat crew were stood down. The lifeboat returned to the harbour to be recovered to the boathouse where it was washed down, re-fuelled and made ready again for service.

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

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For more information please contact Michael Howland, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07624 496029 or email mike.howland@manx.net or Danielle Rush, Divisional Media Relations Manager (Wales and West) on 07786 668829 or 01745 585162. Alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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