Portrush RNLI '˜textbook' rescue of stricken vessel
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.
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.”
The crew refuelled the All-weather Lifeboat ready for the next ‘shout’.