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Red Bay RNLI rescsue lone sailor

Posted on September 14, 2014 at 5:10 AM

Volunteer lifeboat crew with Red Bay RNLI were paged on Friday night (12 September) at 6.55pm.

A lone sailor who was sailing his 22ft yacht from Portrush to Bangor got into difficulty in strong tides off the North Antrim coast. The sailor had left Portrush at 7am yesterday and requested assistance from Belfast Coastguard later that day after he was unable to make any headway in the seas.

The Lifeboat had difficulty locating the vessel due to fog and the fact that the tides had pushed the boat some 4 miles off course South of Rathlin Island. Red Bay lifeboat crew towed the boat to Cushendall arriving at 9.45pm.


Red Bay RNLI spokesman Paddy Mc Laughlin commented 'Tonight's call out was made more difficult due to the strong tides and fog but we were able to locate the sailor using our onboard VHF direction finding equipment and radar.'


The volunteer lifeboat crew from Cushendall have been kept busy over the past few months answering a large number of emergency calls off the North Antrim Coast.

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