Carrybridge RNLI lifeboat assist a grounded vessel with four people onboard

Lifeboats News Release

At 1.51pm today (Sunday 13 May) Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 35ft cruiser which was aground approximately one mile west of Knockninny.

Winds were south westerly, Force 3. Visibility was good with part cloudy skies.

The lifeboat helmed by Chris Cathcart and with Nigel Carson, Kyle Boyd and Stephen McMaster onboard and the RWC with Garvan Duffy onboard, arrived at the casualty vessel which had four people onboard all of whom were found safe and well.

The volunteer crew assessed the vessel and its crew and found that they were ok and the vessel was not taking on water. The lifeboat crew then set up a tow line and refloated the vessel towing it into deeper water. The vessel was checked for damage and all was found to be in order. The vessel was able to continue on its journey. The lifeboat departed the scene at 2.40pm.

Speaking following the call out, Stephen Scott, Carrybridge RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘We hope the visitors have a safe onward journey and a enjoyable holiday. As we approach the summer season, we would remind all boat users to respect the water, plan your passage before setting out, and take particular care whilst navigating.’

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