Stricken yacht towed to safety by Larne RNLI

Larne RNLI came to the aid of two sailors whose 30ft yacht had experienced engine difficulty and run aground close to Wymers Pier at East Antrim Boat Club on Wednesday.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:18 pm

The inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.38pm, at the request of Belfast Coastguard, into slight seas with a stiff breeze.

Upon reaching the stricken vessel, the RNLI volunteer crew had to wait for the tide to rise so the yacht could be re-floated and a tow line established.

It was then brought alongside a mooring at East Antrim Boat Club where the damage could be assessed and repairs carried out at a later stage.

Larne RNLI inshore lifeboat.

Larne RNLI Helm, Barry Kirkpatrick said: “With lockdown restrictions easing and with the boating season coming, it’s vitally important to do a thorough check of all your equipment and mechanical parts on your boat to ensure that they are working correctly.

“It’s important that anyone going to sea is aware to carry a means of contacting either the shore or the coastguard and I would also remind members of the public that if they see anyone in trouble at sea to contact the coastguard on 999 or 112.”

Meanwhile, the charity is appealing for the public’s support with this month’s fundraising campaign.

Barry continued: “This May we are asking people to take part in our Mayday Mile, to help raise funds for the RNLI. We are entering our busiest time of the year and it is so important that we have the correct equipment to help save lives at sea. Our fundraisers have organised our Mayday Mile to take place on Saturday 15 May between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at Larne promenade. Anyone can come and walk, run, cycle or cover the mile however they would like to and help raise funds for the RNLI.” Click here

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