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Douglas RNLI lifeboat assist broken down yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard yesterday (13 April 2022) at 7.55pm to assist a broken-down yacht.

Douglas RNLI called out to assist yacht in difficulty


Douglas RNLI called out to assist yacht in difficulty

A 10m yacht with four persons, including a small child, on board lost power off the coast of the Isle of Man last night. With a calm sea and no wind, the yacht had been motoring approximately three miles off the coast of the Island when it lost power due to mechanical failure.

The Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, under the command of volunteer coxswain, Peter Cowin, left heading for the last reported position of the yacht, approximately three miles south east of Douglas harbour.

Having first ensured that the people on board were not in need of any immediate assistance an assessment was then carried out by the Coxswain. It was decided the safest option was to take the yacht under tow back to a berth alongside Battery Pier in Douglas.

With the yacht safely berthed the RNLI volunteers returned to station and the lifeboat was rehoused ready for the next callout.

Volunteer coxswain, Peter Cowin commented: ‘With such a still night, the boat was in no chance of catching a breath of wind. All occupants were in good spirits considering the situation and we were glad to be available to bring them in safely.’


Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Casualty vessel under tow by Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer.

Credit: Emily Heaton

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