Kilkeel RNLI rescue two people on stranded French yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Kilkeel RNLI volunteer crew launched at 1.20pm today (Sunday 23 June) to go to the aid of the 44ft French yacht with two people onboard that was stranded two miles off Annalong harbour.


Kilkeel RNLI come to aid of yacht with two onboard

In fresh conditions with good visibility the volunteer crew found that the yacht had become stranded due to a rope in the propeller.

The crew, with Gary Young as helm, managed to retrieve the rope and free the yacht. A crew member went aboard the yacht to check everything was ok and finding everything was in order he returned to the lifeboat and the yacht went on its way to continue its journey North.

Speaking following the call out, Leslie Campbell, Kilkeel RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘As we approach the summer months, we would remind all sea users regardless of their activity to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and always let someone on the shore know where you are going and what time you will be due back. Should you get into difficulty or see someone in trouble dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’


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For more information please telephone Leslie Campbell, Kilkeel RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07798552013 or or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 00353 876483547 or or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 00353 871254124 or

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