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Portrush RNLI comes to aid of two on yacht in difficulty at Barmouth

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 11.10pm last night (Sunday 5 June) to reports of a 31ft yacht with two people onboard which was without power just at the Barmouth at Coleraine.


Portrush RNLI

The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Des Austin launched at 11.35pm into near perfect conditions, a clear sky, excellent visibility and a calm sea.

The inshore lifeboat also launched and the crew arrived on scene at 11.45pm and escorted the yacht with two people onboard back to Portrush Harbour and towed her alongside.

Carl Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Portrush RNLI said: 'Unfortunately, this can happen with a yacht, but the couple onboard did the right thing by contacting the Coastguard. If you are taking part in any activities at sea, make sure you have a means of contacting the Coastguard via 999 or 112 in case you do encounter difficulties. It’s better to be safe than sorry.'

Carl is also the Water Safety Officer at the station and has advised that further information can be found on the main RNLI website


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