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Lifeboat to rescue after yacht collision on Bann

CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

A difficult rescue was carried out after a yacht lost its mast on the River Bann.

The Portrush lifeboat was alerted to the disabled vessel yesterday morning by a concerned passer-by.

It is understood that the yacht, which had four people on board, lost its mast and rigging during a collision with a navigation marker.

The Portrush RNLI crew then positioned itself alongside the yacht and passed equipment to the crew.

After a series of temporary repairs, the yacht was towed to Coleraine Marina. There were no reports of any injuries. In a statement, Robin Cardwell, lifeboat operations manager, said: "All the training and experience of our crew was required to ensure a successful outcome of this service. They judged conditions well and made sure the crew and yacht was brought to harbour."

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