Portrush RNLI launched to assist a cruiser in difficulty
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.
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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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.