Portrush RNLI launched to reports of yacht in difficulty White Park Bay

Portrush RNLI was asked to launch by the Belfast Coastguard at 1.34pm today to report a 35ft yacht in trouble between White Park Bay and Rathlin Island.

The All-weather, Lifeboat under Coxswain Des Austin was launched at 1:54 p.m. in near perfect conditions, clear skies, excellent visibility and calm seas. Thus, the crew was able to arrive on the scene quickly.

The volunteer ALB crew arrived on the scene at 2.30pm and quickly found that the yacht with two people on board had fouled its propeller on a rope. A crew member was transferred to the yacht in an attempt to free the rope, but this was not possible. A further assessment was carried out and it was agreed that the best course of action was to tow the yacht to the nearest safe harbor in Ballycastle. A tow line was established between the ALB and the yacht which was towed safely to port, arriving at 3.55pm.

Beni McAllister Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush said:

Unfortunately, this can be common with a yacht, but the couple on board did the right thing by contacting the coast guard and asking for help. Our team of volunteers are trained for this type of incident, so it was very simple.

We would also like to congratulate our new volunteer crew member, Roo McCrudden, for his first cry with Portrush RNLI.

The ALB returned to Portrush at 5 p.m., supplied and ready for the next service.


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