Douglas lifeboat called into action twice

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The volunteer crew of Douglas’s RNLI lifeboat was called into action twice yesterday (Saturday).

On the first occasion, it was launched at just after 5pm at the request of Holyhead Coastguard to help in the search for a missing yacht.

Sir William Hillary was launched under the command of emergency coxswain Graeme Cushnie to join Lytham St Annes, Fleetwood and Barrow RNLI lifeboats in their search for an overdue 21ft yacht sailing from the Isle of Man.

The yacht was successfully located by RNLI Lytham St Anne’s all-weather lifeboat Her Majesty The Queen and taken under tow, when Douglas lifeboat was stood down to return to station.

The lifeboat was re-housed and ready again for service at 6.50pm.

The second callout took place at just before 11pm when it was required go to the aid of a broken down motor cruiser.

The 10m vessel with two people on board had suffered engine failure just off Onchan Head, from where it was taken under tow by the lifeboat to a berth on the King Edward Pier in Douglas.

Leaving the vessel and its crew with Douglas Coastguard, the lifeboat returned to station where the lifeboat was re-housed and ready again for service at 11.45pm.

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