Larne RNLI called to motor boat with engine difficulties north of Larne Harbour
Larne RNLI was called to assist the crew of a small motor boat with engine difficulties at the entrance to Larne Harbour, yesterday morning (Sunday 22 July).
Larne volunteer lifeboat crew were preparing for a training session when the call came through at 10.10am. The all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat launched following the request from Belfast Coastguard to assist the 20ft motor vessel. The casualty vessel had two people on board and was experiencing issues with their engine.
Weather conditions at the time were excellent with no swell and good visibility.
Larne RNLI's all-weather relief lifeboat the Duke of Windsor, was quickly on scene just north of the entrance to Larne Harbour. The crew quickly established a temporary tow to move the vessel out of the shipping lane to allow a P&O ferry to exit the harbour. A line was then passed from the lifeboat and secured to the casualty vessel to tow the vessel back to Larne Boat Club.
In the shallow waters of Larne Lough the tow was passed to the inshore lifeboat Terry, in order to guide the vessel onto the slipway for recovery.
Speaking after the call out, Frank Healy, Larne RNLI Coxswain said: ‘We are glad that the crew on the motor vessel knew to contact the Coastguard when they got into difficulty, this is always the right thing to do. If we can be of assistance to anyone, our volunteers are here to help.’
‘The extensive training from our volunteer crew kicked in when the call came through and the effective teamwork between both our all-weather and inshore lifeboat crew ensured the casualty vessel was brought ashore safely and efficiently.
‘As we are enjoying this fantastic summer weather, we would remind everyone going to sea to always respect the water. Plan ahead and go prepared. Regularly check your vessel and engine and ensure you have enough fuel for your trip. Always wear a lifejacket, carry a means of communication and let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back. Should you get into difficulty or see anyone in distress at sea or on our coastline, call 999 ask for the Coastguard.’
This was the second launch for Larne RNLI in the last five days. On Wednesday last 18 July, at 8.50am, the station's all-weather lifeboat launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard for a flight inbound to Belfast City Airport. The aircraft was experiencing technical difficulties and both Bangor RNLI's inshore and Donaghadee RNLI's all-weather lifeboats were also launched. The aircraft landed safely and all three lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.
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, in a normal year, 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.