Larne RNLI rescued two men in challenging conditions last night (Wednesday 30 September) after their 14ft punt got lost in fog in Larne Lough.
The volunteer crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Belfast Coastguard shortly after 8pm following a 999 call.
The men got into difficulty after becoming disorientated in fog at Swan Island in Larne Lough.
Larne RNLI’s lifeboat helmed by Pamela Dorman immediately made its way to the scene in what were challenging conditions for the crew whose visibility was restricted to three metres.
Once the casualties were located and deemed not to be in any immediate danger, a tow was set up and the lifeboat proceeded to return the vessel and its crew to the safety of Larne Boat Club slipway.
Speaking after the call out, Larne RNLI helm Pamela Dorman said: ‘This was a particularly challenging call out this evening given the fog and the fact that our visibility was reduced to two to three metres. However, we are trained to deal with these situations and with the assistance of Belfast Coastguard and the casualties we were guided to the location and able to return the men safely to shore tonight.
“The casualties had made the correct decision to raise the alarm and request assistance when they got into difficulty.
“We would always urge anyone in distress to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’