Douglas RNLI called out to assist youths stranded on Conister Rock

Lifeboats News Release

Douglas RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched last night (19 April 2022) at 10pm

RNLI/Caitlin Smith

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer being prepared to launch.

Two youths who had become stranded on Conister Rock (Tower of Refuge) last night needed to be recovered by the lifeboat.

Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer, was launched under the command of volunteer coxswain Edd Christian and with just the short distance of Douglas Bay to cross was quickly on the scene of the incident.

With the two youths needing to be recovered to the lifeboat, volunteer crew members James Bettridge and Robert Radcliffe used the lifeboat’s daughter boat, an inflatable dinghy, to go ashore to collect them, returning then to collect the four members of the coastguard who were also unable to leave due to the strong current.

Once safely returned to shore, an ambulance was requested as one of the two young persons was extremely cold – both were taken to hospital to be checked over and have been reported to be fine.

Volunteer Coxswain, Edd Christian commented “The tides around Douglas Bay are quick moving and when the tide is low it can look tempting to make the walk across to see the Tower of Refuge up close, as this situation shows the tide changes so quickly and often the current is too strong for a safe return.”

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Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Douglas all-weather lifeboat, Marine Engineer being prepared to launch.

Credit: Tony Radcliffe

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