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Portrush RNLI launch both lifeboats following distress call

Lifeboats News Release

Both Portrush RNLI lifeboats were launched last night (Sunday 14 May) in response to a distress call that had been picked up by a communications mast.

RNLI/Judy Nelson

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat first at 7.57pm following a request by Belfast Coastguard to carry out a search of the River Bann and surrounding area. The all-weather boat was then requested to launch at 8.19pm to assist the inshore lifeboat and the Coastguard with the search of the area.

The weather conditions at the time were described as good with a calm sea and clear visibility.

After a period of searching, both lifeboats were stood down without anything untoward being found.

Speaking following the call out, Charles Grossie, Portrush RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘The weather conditions for a service of this type were perfect this evening. When we receive a distress call and launch to an unknown situation, to have a flat calm sea and clear visibility in daylight is good for searching a large expanse of the sea.'


RNLI/Judy Nelson

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