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Busy weekend for Portrush RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 5:50 AM

Portrush lifeboat. Photo: Pat Nolan

Author: Judy Nelson, Portrush RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer


The first weekend in August heralded a busy weekend for the RNLI lifeboat crews of Portrush. They had four callouts in two days and new crewmember Claudia McAlpin had her first service.

On Saturday afternoon the All -weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched to reports of a vessel on the rocks at Glengad near Malin head. The boat was turned back however as colleagues in Greencastle coastguard launched at the same time and were able to carry out the service.


The ALB was on service again on Saturday night at 9.30pm to reports of a boat in mechanical difficulties eight miles north of Rathlin Island. The lifeboat crews located the boat and towed it back to base at Portrush.


At the same time on Saturday night the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) went out on service to reports of a boat in mechanical difficulties off Portstewart head. Again crews located the boat and towed back to Portrush.


On Sunday 5th August the Inshore Lifeboat was launched again to assist with a boat that had been swamped by a wave at the Barmouth. The RNLI Lifeguards did a great job in responding on this occasion.


Robin Cardwell Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Station said ‘This is what our crews train for all the time to respond to people who need our help at sea. No matter how experienced you may be the unexpected can happen and that’s what we are there for.


I am delighted that Claudia has experienced her first service and she did a great job. The Lifeguards and our volunteer crews work well together to provide a comprehensive safeguarding service around the North Coast’

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