Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched yesterday (Monday) afternoon to go the aid of a fishing vessel with electrical problems.
The all-weather lifeboat Sir William Hillary was launched at 4.55pm under the command of volunteer deputy second coxswain Graeme Cushnie to go to the aid of the 16-metre trawler, which was fishing approximately 12 miles south east of Douglas – with four crew on board – when the vessel’s electrics failed, leaving the trawler without power.
It was slowly towed into Douglas by the lifeboat, arriving in the port at 8pm.
Meanwhile at the weekend, Ramsey’s Mersey class RNLI lifeboat, the RNLB Ann and James Ritchie and her volunteer crew had their third call-out in six days, after going to the aid of a ‘Hobie cat’ small sailing catamaran in distress just off Ramsey Harbour on Sunday.
The ‘Hobie cat’ had capsized and the two people on board had successfully managed to right it.
Unfortunately during the capsize sea water had entered one of the hulls making the craft unstable and it capsized once more.
The lifeboat was launched around 2pm, and arrived to see the sailors – said to have been fine but somewhat cold – had managed to right their craft yet again. As there were still concerns about the stability of the catamaran the decision was made to tow it to the beach.
As the lifeboat neared the beach the tow was released and two of the lifeboat crew in dry suits entered the water and pulled the catamaran plus its crew safely onto the beach where they were met by the local coastguard team.