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Man rescued from Stranded Sailing Vessel

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In the early afternoon of Saturday 31st October, the Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Team and Portrush Inshore Lifeboat were tasked to the River Bann, following an urgent call for assistance from a large sailing vessel.

The craft had run aground on a sandbank with its skipper suffering a medical emergency. As the Coastguard stood by with mud rescue equipment, the ILB managed to come alongside the casualty vessel and evacuate the skipper to the safety of a nearby marina, where Coastguard personnel and NIAS paramedics were waiting.

The four remaining crew members of the vessel elected to remain aboard until the next tide.

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