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Larne RNLI responds to false alarm with good intent

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Larne RNLI responded to a launch request from the UK Coastguard yesterday morning (Sunday 18 December) at 10.45am.

T Hartnett

Larne RNLI

The initial alarm was raised by a concerned member of the public who reported seeing a person signalling to shore from a fishing vessel approximately one and a half nautical miles off Glenarm.

Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched at 10.45am and quickly made its way to Glenarm. The lifeboat crew made radio contact with a fishing vessel in the area who confirmed they did not require any assistance. The surrounding area was searched to ensure there were no other vessels nearby. The lifeboat was returned to Larne after it was established as a false alarm with good intent.

The weather conditions were good with light south-westerly winds.

Speaking following the call out, Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy said: ‘We thank this vigilant member of the public who called the Coastguard out of genuine concern. We would urge anyone who is concerned that someone is in distress along our coast to always ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard. We would always rather launch to a false alarm with good intent than not launch at all.’

Meanwhile, Larne RNLI will host its annual icebreaker swim at 12 Noon on New Year’s Eve, Saturday 31 December at Ballygally Beach.

Larne RNLI is asking people to 'Get freezin' for a reason' this New Year’s Eve. All money raised will go to the RNLI to help save lives at sea. Anyone interested in taking part can obtain a sponsor form from 07516496945, contact the station’s Facebook page (facebook.com/larne.lifeboat) or collect on the day.

Hot refreshments will be available at the Ballygally community centre following the swim.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Larne RNLI prior to the event.

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Photo credit

Trevor Hartnett

RNLI media contacts

For information please contact Fiona Kirkpatrick Larne RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 077 3805 9405 email Fiona_Kirkpatrick@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 87 1254 124 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

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