Kilkeel RNLI rescue two people on stranded French yacht
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.
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.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Leslie Campbell, Kilkeel RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07798552013 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 00353 876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 00353 871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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.