Kilkeel RNLI launch to assist yacht with fouled propeller
Kilkeel RNLI launched at 5.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 7 August) to go to the aid of a yacht with five children and the skipper onboard.
The 50ft yacht was on passage from Peel to Carlingford when it got into difficulty with a fouled propeller just off the Hellyhunter Buoy at the mouth of Carlingford Lough.
Conditions were good and the Frank William Walton lifeboat quickly, arrived on scene and found that skipper of the yacht had managed to free the propeller himself. The crew checked that all was well with the yacht and crew members and the yacht then continued on its way into Carlingford.
The lifeboat and the volunteer crew returned to the boathouse at 6.10pm.
Speaking following the call out, Kilkeel RNLI Helm Gary Young said: ‘Conditions were good so we quickly arrived on scene and the call for assistance was the correct call as the stranded yacht was in a busy sea lane’.Ends
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.