Larne RNLI assist person on broken down motor boat

Lifeboats News Release

Larne RNLI was requested yesterday morning (Sunday 2 February) by Belfast Coastguard to assist a person on a 9m motor boat which had broken down near Ballygally in County Antrim..

Larne RNLI inshore lifeboat, Terry, establishing alongside tow

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Larne RNLI establishing along side tow

Launching around 10.15am tinto a calm sea, the all-weather lifeboat, Dr John McSparran, made its way to the casualty boat.

Upon reaching the casualty, one volunteer crew member was put aboard to assess the person who was safe and well and to then establish a tow line so that the casualty boat could be towed into Larne Boat Club to be put onto a mooring.

As the all-weather lifeboat was underway, Terry¸ Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched. The inshore lifeboat met the casualty vessel in Larne Harbour, where the tow line was passed across and an alongside tow was carried out to allow the casualty to tie up on its mooring at Larne Boat Club.

Speaking following the call out, Allen Dorman, Larne RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We had a good turnout from our crew today as we had been planning to do some assessments, but it was great to see how the crew reacted when the call came in. Everyone knew what they had to do and acted accordingly and were delighted to help the vessel's owner. I’m also pleased to say that the assessments were carried out after the call out and everyone passed.’

Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy, added: ‘I was pleased to see the casualty was wearing appropriate safety equipment when we arrived and would like to remind anyone thinking of going onto the water to check that their boat is fully operational and that they have appropriate safety equipment onboard. If you do get into trouble at sea remember to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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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.

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