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Four rescued from stricken yacht off Co Antrim coast

Four people have been rescued after their yacht got into difficulty off the Co Antrim coast.

Larne RNLI was called out when the 16-metre vessel reported engine failure a mile north-east of Muck Island.

It happened at about 6.30pm on Thursday but details have only just been released.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a force-three wind and slight swell.

A RNLI statement said: "Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew observed that one of the four people on board was suffering from sea sickness.

"Crew members from the inshore lifeboat went aboard to provide casualty care to the seasick individual while the all-weather lifeboat crew started to prepare the yacht for towing."

The yacht was towed safely into Carrick marina.

Philip Ford-Hutchinson, Larne RNLI deputy launching authority, praised the efforts of rescuers.

He said: "This call-out was a great example of both our inshore and all-weather lifeboats working well together to assist the four people on board the casualty vessel.

"The inshore lifeboat crew members were able to administer casualty care to the person who was seasick before assisting the all-weather crew with setting up a tow and then helping to manoeuvre the yacht in the tight confines of Carrick Marina.

"Our volunteer crew regularly train for scenarios like this and those skills and training were put to good use last night."

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