Larne RNLI called to assist crew of small motor boat with engine difficulties

Lifeboats News Release

Larne RNLI launched their relief all-weather lifeboat Duke of Windsor last night (Wednesday 30 May) to assist three people on a small motor boat which had broken down somewhere between Muck Island and Brown’s Bay.

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Larne RNLI was called to assist the crew of small motor boat with engine difficulties off Islandmagee last night.

Larne RNLI launched the relief all-weather lifeboat Duke of Windsor yesterday evening (Wednesday 30 May) to assist three people on a small motor boat which had broken down somewhere between Muck Island and Brown’s Bay.

The lifeboat launched at 10.28pm after being requested by Belfast Coastguard to assist the vessel which was experiencing issues with their engine.

Weather conditions were described as being a warm, pleasant evening, with no swell and calm seas.

Once on scene, the volunteer crew observed that the crew of the motor boat had managed to resolve the problem themselves and the boat was operational again. The lifeboat crew offered to escort the vessel back to safety at Larne Harbour.

Speaking after the call out, Frank Healy, Larne RNLI Coxswain said: ‘We are glad that the vessel knew to contacted the coastguard when they got into difficulty, this is always the right thing to do. We would rather launch to find a problem has been rectified when we get on scene, than not launch at all. If we can be of assistance to anyone, our volunteers are here to help.

As we approach the summer season, 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 and always carry a means of communication. Always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected back. Should you get into difficulty, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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