Larne RNLI called to suspected vessel in trouble
Larne RNLI was asked to investigate a suspected vessel in trouble near the Maidens in County Antrim yesterday evening (Friday 30 March) at 4:35pm, after a member of the public alerted the Coastguard. It was reported that there was smoke coming from a vessel and that it looked like it was sinking.
It was reported that there was smoke coming from a vessel and that it looked like it was sinking.
At the request of Belfast Coastguard, Larne RNLI launched the all weather lifeboat Dr John McSparran into a slight sea with excellent visibility.
Due to the possible severity of the report, Larne RNLI’s coxswain, Frank Healy, requested that the inshore lifeboat also be launched to assist.
Larne RNLI’s volunteer crew made their way to the Maidens to investigate the report. Upon arrival it was discovered that a training exercise was underway and that there were no vessels in any distress.
After consulting with the Belfast Coastguard, it was decided that no further search was required.
Speaking after the call out, Paul Johnston, Larne RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, said: ‘We would like to commend the member of the public for contacting the Coastguard and raising the alarm. We would always much rather lauch to find all is safe and well than not launch at all.’
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 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.