Seasick sailor rescued off Garron Point

The Larne RNLI crew launched to rescue a seasick sailor off Garron Point. INLT 19-501-CON

The Larne RNLI crew launched to rescue a seasick sailor off Garron Point. INLT 19-501-CON

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Lifeboat crew with Larne RNLI were called out last Wednesday to rescue a sailor struck down with severe sea sickness.

The team launched the all-weather lifeboat following reports that a nine-metre yacht was in difficulty east of Garron Point.

One of the crew was reported incapacitated due to severe sea sickness and the skipper was unable to manage the vessel single handed.

The lifeboat was launched at 1.30pm along with the inshore lifeboat from Red Bay RNLI.

They were on the scene an hour later and immediately recovered the ill woman onto the lifeboat.

The lifeboat crew administered first aid and rehydrated the casualty before returning to Glenarm where the woman was then transferred to a waiting ambulance to receive further medical attention.

Red Bay RNLI then took the vessel under tow with the remaining crew member onboard and proceeded to Glenarm marina.

Commenting on the rescue operation, Larne RNLI mechanic Rab Rice said: “Unfortunately this woman was suffering from a very severe form of seasickness and as such was incapacitated onboard the yacht.

“The woman’s condition was pretty severe and she was in need of medical attention.

“Our priority was to recover her off the yacht, make her comfortable and bring her back to shore.

“Our colleagues in Red Bay were then able to take the vessel under tow and bring the skipper home.”