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Donaghadee RNLI assists three vessels off the County Down coast

Lifeboats News Release

Donaghadee RNLI was called upon three times in the last week to assist vessels which got into difficulties off the coast of North Down.

The first call out was on Thursday, (25 August), after a yacht with five people aboard struck rocks at the South Briggs buoy in the Copeland Sound. At the scene the all-weather lifeboat Saxon’s crew established that no one was injured and the yacht was still seaworthy. The volunteers and the lifeboat escorted the vessel to a safe harbour for full inspection of the damage to the hull. Conditions were calm.

Saturday was also a fine and calm summer’s evening when a rigid inflatable boat (rib) with five aboard set off from Scotland for Bangor and encountered engine failure in the middle of the North Channel and night began to fall. An emergency call was made to Belfast Coastguard and the lifeboat was requested to respond. The drifting rib was quickly located eight miles from the Scottish coast. A tow-line was secured and the helpless boat and passengers were in Bangor before last light.

The lifeboat and crew were called out again on Bank Holiday Monday to come to the rescue of a small fishing boat with one person aboard. The eight-metre vessel suffered engine failure and began dragging its anchor in choppy conditions near rocks at Burial Island, Ballyhalbert. The boat was towed to Portavogie for repairs by another vessel and the lifeboat escorted the pair safely to harbour.


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