Portrush RNLI '˜textbook' rescue of stricken vessel

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

Monday, 6th March 2017, 11:07 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:05 am
The lifeboat making its way back to Portrush. INCR 10-791-CON

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.

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.

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

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.”

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

A towline was attached to the stricken vessel. INCR 10-793-CON
Good weather conditions assisted the recovery. INCR 10-792-CON
A towline was attached to the stricken vessel. INCR 10-793-CON