Portrush RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew got an early callout yesterday morning (Sunday 5 March) when pagers went off at 10.10am to reports of a sailer/cruiser with three people on board that had got into difficulties 33 miles off land just south-east of the island of Islay.
Weather conditions were described as ‘perfect’ and it was a beautiful bright morning. The crew were quickly underway at full speed due the favourable sea conditions.
When the lifeboat crew reached the vessel, a towline was quickly attached to the sailer/cruiser and it was taken under tow to Portrush. The all-weather lifeboat took the boat under tow at a slow and steady rate of 6 knots. The lifeboat crew arrived back in Portrush at 4.30 pm, six hours after they had launched.
Robin Cardwell, Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said; ‘This was a textbook exercise for the crew, and something they train for all year round. The good weather conditions assisted the recovery and good progress was made for home’.