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Portrush RNLI launched to assist a cruiser in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew got an early callout this morning (Sunday 5 March) when pagers went off at 10.10am to reports of a sailer/cruiser with three people on board that had got into difficulties 33 miles off land just south-east of the island of Islay.

Portrush RNLI bring a cruiser to safety

RNLI/Judy Nelson

Portrush RNLI bring a cruiser to safety

Weather conditions were described as 'perfect' and it was a beautiful bright morning. The crew were quickly underway at full speed due the favourable sea conditions.

When the lifeboat crew reached the vessel, a towline was quickly attached to the sailer/cruiser and it was taken under tow to Portrush. The all-weather lifeboat took the boat under tow at a slow and steady rate of 6 knots. The lifeboat crew arrived back in Portrush at 4.30 pm, six hours after they had launched.

Robin Cardwell, Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said; ‘This was a textbook exercise for the crew, and something they train for all year round. The good weather conditions assisted the recovery and good progress was made for home’.


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For information please contact Judy Nelson Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Portrush on 07736923936 or e-mail

Photo Credits Judy Nelson

Portrush RNLI bring cruiser under tow to Portrush harbour

RNLI/Judy Nelson

Portrush RNLI bring cruiser under tow to Portrush harbour

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