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Donaghadee RNLI rescue person on stricken yacht as darkness falls

Lifeboats News Release

Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat crew saved a stricken yacht with one person onboard after it was left helpless in poor weather off the coast of Millisle.

Donaghadee lifeboat Saxon and her crew of Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers sped to the last reported position of the vessel at top speed of 25 knots after a launch request from the Coastguard at 9.30pm on Friday night ( 15 July).

A strong south-westerly wind was blowing and rain forecast, night was falling and the lifeboat crew was forced to conduct a search before locating the yacht two miles offshore. No radio contact was possible. A towline was quickly attached and the yacht brought to Donaghadee harbour for inspection and repairs.

It was the lifeboat’s second launch of the week. On Sunday evening (10 July) Saxon lifeboat and crew put to sea in response to a man overboard alert in Ballyhalbert. A pleasure sailor fell from his boat and was unable to get back aboard. At around 6.00pm and the Coastguard asked the RNLI volunteers to make their way to the scene in the event of an emergency situation developing. However the casualty was assisted by another vessel and was able to make his way ashore uninjured. The Saxon was stood down and returned to station within the hour.

Donaghadee RNLI Coxswain Philip McNamara said, "We are always happy to launch if there is a chance we can prevent an emergency or save a life at sea. But everyone enjoying the coast this summer should respect the water and wear lifejackets when around deep water. If you are boating make sure you have a reliable means of contacting the shore and of calling for help."

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caption: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Saxon and crew speed to the rescue at 25 knots.

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