Kilkeel RNLI launch to assist man on 16ft boat with engine problems
Kilkeel RNLI's volunteer crew launched at 1.10pm today (Tuesday 27 August) to a 16ft Bayliner speedboat, with one person on board, which had developed engine problems.
The boat had broken down in the busy sea lane of Carlingford Lough and could have been in some danger from incoming and outgoing shipping. Weather conditions were good and when the lifeboat quickly arrived on scene the crew found that the speedboat engine had been restarted.
Checking that the skipper was fine the Kilkeel RNLI crew waited to ensure there were no further problems and then escorted the skipper back to his mooring in Greencastle.
Jason Nugent, Kilkeel RNLI crew member said: ‘At all times respect the water. 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. And should you get into difficulty or see anyone in trouble at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.