Larne RNLI came to the aid of four people yesterday evening (Thursday June 7) after a large yacht got into difficulty near Muck Island.
At approximately 6.30pm, the organisation’s volunteer crew launched its all-weather and inshore lifeboats at the request of Belfast Coastguard, amid reports that a 16m yacht had sustained engine failure a mile north east of Muck Island.
Weather conditions at the time were described as good, with a force three wind and a slight swell running.
Arriving at the scene, inshore lifeboat crew members boarded the yacht to provide casualty care to a seasick individual, while the all-weather lifeboat crew prepared the yacht for towing.
Once a towline was established, the all-weather lifeboat began the passage to Carrick Marina.
Due to the large size of the vessel, Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat assisted with manoeuvring the yacht in the confines of the marina.
Speaking after the call out, Larne RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Philip Ford-Hutchinson paid tribute to the crews’ efforts.
“This call out was a great example of both our inshore and all-weather lifeboats working well together to assist the four people onboard the casualty vessel,” he said.
“The inshore lifeboat crew members were able to administer casualty care to the person who was seasick before assisting the all-weather crew with setting up a tow and then helping to manoeuvre the yacht in the tight confines of Carrick Marina.
“Our volunteer crew regularly train for scenarios like this and those skills and training were put to good use last night.”