Donaghadee RNLI assists three onboard 14m catamaran with engine problems
The volunteer crew of Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat put to sea today ( Thursday 2 May) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assist a 14m catamaran with three people onboard approximately 8 miles north east of Donaghadee.
Crew pagers were alerted at 2.04pm and the RNLI Trent Class Lifeboat Saxon was requested to launch to assist the 14m vessel which was reporting one defective engine and intermittent power from the their second engine.
The visibility was very good with a light northerly wind, enabling the lifeboat to make good speed and be alongside the casualty vessel within 20 minutes of launching.
On scene the crew of Saxon found that the casualty vessel had prepared a bridle for tow and the boat was then towed to the safety of Bangor Harbour.
Speaking following the call out, Philip McNamara, Donaghadee RNLI Coxswain said: ‘ The crew of this boat requested assistance in good time and were well prepared for us when we arrived on scene. We would always advise asking for help at the earliest possible opportunity to prevent any risk to life at sea.'
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.