Larne RNLI assist two people after motorboat breaks down off Antrim coast
Larne RNLI came to the aid of two people this morning (Monday 18 December) after their 33ft motorboat experienced engine difficulties as they were on route from Carrickfergus to Greencastle.
Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparran was requested to assist the casualty vessel which was experiencing engine difficulty, west of the Maidens.
There were two people onboard.
The lifeboat under Coxswain Frank Healy and with five crew members onboard launched at 8.44am.
Weather conditions at the time were described as dry with little swell.
Once on scene, volunteer crew member Michael Kane, went aboard the vessel and worked with the two sailors to establish a towline so that it could be brought into the shelter of Larne Harbour.
As the lifeboat was approaching Larne Harbour, the inshore lifeboat Terry, also launched to assist the all-weather lifeboat in bringing the vessel alongside Wymers Pier at East Antrim Boat Club.
Speaking following the call out, Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy said: ‘Both of the men onboard were fine and we were pleased to see they were both wearing their lifejackets. We would remind anyone using a motorboat to always have a means for calling for help, to always check the weather and tide times and to make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.