Larne RNLI called to yacht that had broken its moorings

Lifeboats News Release

Larne RNLI had an early start this morning (22 July) when the pagers sounded at 5:00am after it was reported that a 37 foot yacht had broken its moorings at East Antrim boat club and had run aground in Larne Lough causing a potential hazard to the shipping lanes.

Larne RNLI had an early start this morning (22 July) when the pagers sounded at 5:00am after it was reported that a 37 foot yacht had broken its moorings at East Antrim boat club and had run aground in Larne Lough causing a potential hazard to the shipping lanes.

Launching both lifeboats around 5:10am in moderate seas on an overcast morning, the all-weather lifeboat, Dr John McSparron, arrived to the castualy vessel first with the inshore lifeboat, Terry, arriving shortly after.

The decision was made to place a volunteer crew member from the inshore lifeboat onto the casualty vessel so that a tow line could be established. Once the tow line was secured the inshore lifeboat towed the yacht from its position where it had run aground. When it was assessed as being safe and the casualty yacht was not damaged, the tow was passed onto the all-weather lifeboat, which took the casualty vessel to a spare mooring back at East Antrim boat club.

Allan Dorman, Larne Lifeboat Operations Manager, said ‘It was an early start for our volunteers this morning and we had a good turnout of crew for the callout. This scenario is something that we practice during training and I was glad to see that everyone worked together for a successful outcome.’

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Larne RNLI towing yacht

RNLI/Samantha Agnew

Larne inshore lifeboat establishing a tow line

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Larne RNLI towing yacht

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