Portrush RNLI comes to aid of six people on broken down boat on Father’s Day

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch at 4.32pm yesterday (Father’s Day, Sunday 16 June) to reports of broken down rigid inflatable boat three nautical miles north east off Inishowen.


Portrush RNLI

The rib with six people onboard had broken down and the crew had requested assistance to bring them back to Portrush. The volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 4.55pm and established a tow line to the 10 metre rib. The boat was then brought back to Portrush Harbour where the Coastguard were also in attendance to assist.

Speaking following the call out, Keith Gilmore, Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘This was a classic tow rescue which the crew train for on a regular basis. Conditions were very favourable which made it easier to recover the vessel and establish the tow. We also had two of our new crew members on the all-weather lifeboat today so this was a good opportunity for them to put their training into practice under the supervison of our more experienced crew.

‘The all-weather lifeboat and the volunteer crew arrived back in Portrush at 6.10pm just in time for Father’s Day everning dinner!’


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