Portrush RNLI’s ‘textbook’ rescue of stricken vessel

The lifeboat making its way back to Portrush. INCR 10-791-CON
The lifeboat making its way back to Portrush. INCR 10-791-CON

Portrush Volunteer Lifeboat came to the aid of a stricken vessel at the weekend.

The crew responded around 10.10am on Sunday to reports that a sailer/cruiser with three persons on board had gotten into difficulties 33 miles off land just South East of the island of Islay.

Good weather conditions assisted the recovery. INCR 10-792-CON

Good weather conditions assisted the recovery. INCR 10-792-CON

Weather conditions were perfect and the crew was quickly underway at full speed due the favourable seas, according to the RNLI.

When the crew reached the stricken vessel, a towline was quickly attached to the sailer/cruiser and she was put under tow towards Portrush.

Because the rescue boat had the other vessel under tow, this had to be a steady slow process (six knots) and the crew arrived back in Portrush at 4.30pm, six hours after they had launched.

Robin Cardwell, Portrush Lifeboat Operations manager said: “This was a textbook exercise for the crew, something they all have trained for. The good weather conditions assisted the recovery and good progress was made for home.”

A towline was attached to the stricken vessel. INCR 10-793-CON

A towline was attached to the stricken vessel. INCR 10-793-CON

The crew refuelled the All-weather Lifeboat ready for the next ‘shout’.