Larne RNLI assists three people on board yacht with engine difficulties

Larne RNLI assisted three people in Larne Lough.
Larne RNLI assisted three people in Larne Lough.

Larne RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparron and inshore lifeboat Terry yesterday (Sunday, June 11) to a 36ft yacht experiencing engine difficulties near the entrance to Larne Lough.

The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain, Frank Healy, launched at 1:15pm and made its way to the scene north of the Port of Larne’s number one buoy.

On arrival, a volunteer lifeboat crew member transferred onto the yacht where he first checked that the three on board were safe and well.

The gear box on board the yacht was broken and weather conditions presenting a force three to four southerly wind meant the crew of the vessel were unable to sail safely back to their mooring in Larne Lough.

The lifeboat crew established a towline before the lifeboat brought the yacht into the safety of Larne Harbour. The all-weather lifeboat was met by the station’s inshore lifeboat which assisted to place the boat safely on the mooring.

Speaking following the call out, Larne RNLI Coxswain, Frank Healy said: “All the crew training was put into action to carry out a safe and efficient rescue.

“An excellent team effort ensured that the tow line was set up speedily and the yacht with two adults and a child on board was safely on its mooring without delay.”