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Newcastle RNLI launch to the aid of nine metre yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Newcastle RNLI's all weather lifeboat was launched to the aid of a nine metre yacht with engine failure and becalmed 8.5 miles off Newcastle with two people on board.

Newcastle RNLI alongside becalmed yacht


Newcastle RNLI alongside becalmed yacht

At 6.45pm Belfast coastguard 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.

While the lifeboat made its way to the position, the wind had picked up and the yacht was making 4 knots towards Ardglass . The yacht's 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 moored and the volunteer lifeboat crew left Ardglass and returned to station by 10.30pm.


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For more information please telephone Nathan Leneghan, Newcastle RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07851264466, email Nathan_Leneghan or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 00 353 87 1254 124 or

Newcastle RNLI take vessel under tow


Newcastle RNLI take vessel under tow

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