Larne RNLI rescue three people from a broken down small rigid inflatable boat

Lifeboats News Release

Larne RNLI were requested to launch this morning (9 August) by Belfast Coastguard to reports of two adults and one child who got into difficulty near Magheramorne when their small rigid inflatable boat (RIB) broke down.

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Larne in-shore lifeboat, Terry

Larne RNLI were requested to launch this morning (9 August) by Belfast Coastguard to reports of two adults and one child who got into difficulty near Magheramorne when their small rigid inflatable boat (RIB) broke down.

The volunteer crew launched the smaller in-shore lifeboat, Terry, at 11:05am at the request of Belfast Coastguard. Launching into a calm sea, the lifeboat made its way towards Magheramorne, which the casualties had given as their last location.

Upon locating the casualties, the volunteer crew checked to make sure that everyone was alright. Once it was clear that everyone was safe and well, the volunteer crew established a tow line with the rib and returned to Ballylumford harbour where a team from Portmuck mobile coastguard was waiting.

In-shore lifeboat helm, Chris Dorman said; ‘The casualties did the right thing. They were trying out this piece of equipment and realised that something wasn’t quite right with it, so they contacted the coastguard for assistance. Everyone onboard was wearing a life jacket and they had means to contact the shore in case of emergency.’

He added; ‘If you see anyone in difficulties at sea, the dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.’

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