Portrush RNLI launch both lifeboats following distress call
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.
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.'
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.