Red Bay RNLI assist yacht in rolling seas off Antrim coast as crew fall ill
Both Red Bay RNLI lifeboats launched this morning (Wednesday 24 April) when a 28ft yacht on passage from Oban in Scotland to Belfast got into difficulty when its five-person crew became ill in challenging sea conditions and were unable to safely command the vessel.
The crew of the yacht raised the alarm at 8.30am this morning to ask for assistance when they were unable to continue their journey due to conditions at sea which caused four of the crew to become unwell. The yacht’s anchor had also been dragging the vessel throughout the night. Sea conditions off the Antrim coast today were described by the lifeboat crew as ‘challenging’ as easterly winds created rolling seas.
Once the alarm was raised, both Red Bay lifeboats were launched, and when on scene two lifeboat crew were put aboard the yacht to bring it back to Cushendall, escorted by the lifeboats. Once on land, the crew of the yacht received medical assistance from paramedics.
Commenting on the early morning callout Red Bay RNLI Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin said, ‘Conditions off the Antrim coast this morning are quite challenging, with rolling seas and easterly winds. This would have been a difficult passage for the crew, and they made the right call when they raised the alarm. With the anchor dragging, it was becoming increasingly difficult for the crew to continue their journey and the motion of the vessel would have severely hampered their attempts.’
The rescue was coordinated by Belfast coastguard and land-based coastguard teams from Ballycastle and Larne also attended.
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