Two persons rescued in night launch by Douglas RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew from Douglas RNLI Lifeboat Station rescued two people stranded by the tide (Thursday 25 Aug).

RNLI/Oli Dimelow

Douglas RNLI lifeboat launching

The casualties had been rock climbing in the area of Oyster Caves, near Port Soderick Bay, when they were caught out by the rising tide.

Douglas RNLI all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer launched at 9.28pm following a request for help from the Coastguard.

The lifeboat was brought close enough to the shore to launch the daughter craft with two crew aboard Oli Dimelow and Robert Radcliffe.

The casualties were transferred back to the Mersey class lifeboat and brought aboard, no injuries had been sustained. The charity’s lifeboat arrived back at Douglas harbour at 10.30pm and the crew handed over the casualties to waiting coastguard.

Peter Cowin, Douglas RNLI Coxswain, said: ‘We were glad to find the casualties in good spirits when we arrived, they did the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard. On approach they assisted our search in the dark by using the torches on their phones to signal us

Due to their quick actions of the call and use of phones we were able to extract them safely and efficiently. It is always important to ensure when leaving on any excursion you have the means to call for help if required.’

The RNLI volunteers washed down the Marine Engineer and refuelled it to ensure the lifeboat was ready for the next emergency.

It was a quick launch for the volunteers due to many of them having just finished their weekly training session and heading towards Douglas Yacht Club as the pagers went off.

Notes to editor

The attached photo shows Douglas RNLI all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer returning to station at 10.30pm last night (Thursday 26 Aug) Credit RNLI/ Oli Dimelow.

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


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Men in safety gear retrieving the lifeboat from the water via the slipway

RNLI/Martyn Rankin

Retrieving the RNLI Douglas lifeboat

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