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Kilkeel RNLI launch to assist yacht with fouled propeller

Lifeboats News Release

Kilkeel RNLI launched at 5.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 7 August) to go to the aid of a yacht with five children and the skipper onboard.

RNLI/Leslie Campbell

The 50ft yacht was on passage from Peel to Carlingford when it got into difficulty with a fouled propeller just off the Hellyhunter Buoy at the mouth of Carlingford Lough.

Conditions were good and the Frank William Walton lifeboat quickly, arrived on scene and found that skipper of the yacht had managed to free the propeller himself. The crew checked that all was well with the yacht and crew members and the yacht then continued on its way into Carlingford.

The lifeboat and the volunteer crew returned to the boathouse at 6.10pm.

Speaking following the call out, Kilkeel RNLI Helm Gary Young said: ‘Conditions were good so we quickly arrived on scene and the call for assistance was the correct call as the stranded yacht was in a busy sea lane’.

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