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Portrush RNLI tows fishing vessel to safety

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Portrush all-weather Lifeboat was launched on Tuesday 28th July 2015 at 6pm to reports of a 17-foot fishing vessel that had broken down at Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge.

Conditions were good with a northerly force 4 wind with a slight swell in sea conditions. The volunteer lifeboat crew quickly arrived on scene, and towed the vessel to an area where the Y boat could be safely launched to complete the tow of the vessel into nearby Ballintoy Harbour. The Y boat is a small inflatable boat kept on the ALB and can be used to get closer to shore and small areas, and can hold two crewmembers.

The fishermen were unharmed, but were grateful for the assistance of the volunteer crew.

Robin Cardwell Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said:- ‘This is the standard rescue that our crews are trained to carry out. The deployment of the Y boat to complete the tow is exactly what our crew are trained to do as the all-weather lifeboat could not have manoevured into the small harbour’

The lifeboat was back on her moorings at 8.30pm refuelled and ready for the next callout.

Image credit : RNLI/Judy Nelson

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