Newcastle RNLI launch to the aid of 9 metre yacht
Newcastle All weather lifeboats launched to aid of a 9 metre yacht with engine failure and becalmed 8.5 miles off Newcastle with 2 person on board.
At 6.45pm 27 May 2017 CGOC Belfast activated the volunteer crew member pagers to launch the all weather lifeboat ‘Eleanor and Bryant Girling’ to assist a yacht on passage from Howth to Ardglass with engine failure and becalmed whilst the lifeboat made it way to the position,the wind had picked up and the yacht was making 4 knots towards Ardglass . The yachts crew was still concerned about manoeuvring into Ardglass harbour under sail and no power so it was agreed to take the vessel under tow. On approach to Ardglass the lifeboat took the yacht into an alongside tow and proceeded into the harbour where we were met by Newcastle Coastguard team to assist the berthing off the yacht.
The vessel was securely tided up and details passed to the Coastguard team on scene, the volunteer crew left Ardglass and where back on station ready for the next tasking at 10.30pm.
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.