Larne RNLI comes to aid of yacht off Muck Island

Larne RNLI assists a yacht in difficulty just off Muck Island.  INLT 37-661-CON
Larne RNLI assists a yacht in difficulty just off Muck Island. INLT 37-661-CON
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Volunteer lifeboat crew with Larne RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat at the weekend following a report that a 24 ft yacht with three people onboard was in difficulty south of Muck Island

The request to launch at 3.05pm on Saturday as received from Belfast Coastguard. The all-weather lifeboat, Dr John McSparran, under Coxswain Robert Rice was immediately launched and underway.

The yacht was experiencing engine difficulty in challenging conditions. Once on scene a lifeboat crew member was transferred onboard the yacht and a tow line was set up.

Conditions were challenging with winds registering force six and a rough sea. The yacht was then towed to safety into Larne lough and secured to a mooring.

Commenting on the callout Larne RNLI Coxswain Robert Rice said: “While the yacht was suffering engine difficulties, the weather made the callout extremely challenging.

“Thankfully an experienced lifeboat crew were on scene to ensure that a tow could be safely established and the vessel brought to safety quickly and with no casualties.”