Larne RNLI called to assist 24ft motor boat with engine difficulties
Larne RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat alongside Bangor RNLI inshore lifeboat on Friday afternoon (Friday 28 June) to assist two people on a motor boat which had broken down 4 nautical miles north east of Muck Island.
The lifeboats launched at 2.50pm after being requested by Belfast Coastguard to commence a search for the vessel which was experiencing issues with their engine.
Weather conditions were described as being warm, good visibility with a fresh south-easterly wind creating rough sea conditions.
Once on scene north east of Muck Island, a Larne RNLI volunteer crew member was placed onboard the vessel to set up a towline. A tow was established with the all weather lifeboat and the vessel was towed to the entrance of Larne Lough.
In the shallow waters of Larne Lough the tow was passed to Larne RNLI inshore lifeboat Terry, in order to guide the vessel to Ballylumford harbour for recovery.
Speaking after the call out, Barry Kirkpatrick, Larne RNLI Deputy 2nd Coxswain said: ‘We are glad that the crew on the motor vessel knew to contact the Coastguard when they got into difficulty, this is always the right thing to do. If we can be of assistance to anyone, our volunteers are here to help.’
‘The extensive training from our volunteer crew kicked in when the call came through and the effective teamwork between both our all-weather and inshore lifeboat crew ensured the casualty vessel was brought ashore safely and efficiently.
‘As we are enjoying this summer weather, we would remind everyone going to sea to always respect the water. Plan ahead and go prepared. 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. Should you get into difficulty or see anyone in distress at sea or on our coastline, call 999 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 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.