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Sea drama after yacht hits trouble

By Lesley Houston

Published 26/08/2015

The crew of the stricken yacht is given assistance by a Lifeboat
The crew of the stricken yacht is given assistance by a Lifeboat

Lifesavers on the north coast had to swing into action yesterday after a 35ft yacht got into difficulty.

The alarm was raised after a vessel was reported to be in trouble at Torr Head in Co Antrim.

Rescuers found the stricken vessel carrying four people between Ballycastle and Cushendun. The yacht had suffered damage to its rigging but there were no injuries nor any risk of sinking, according to a spokesman for Belfast Coastguard.

He said the alarm had been raised by radio by the occupants themselves.

The Rathlin Express from the Rathlin Island Ferry Company was very quickly on the scene to give assistance. Volunteers from Ballycastle Coastguard Rescue Team, Red Bay Inshore Lifeboat and Larne all-weather lifeboat were all tasked to the incident.

The boat was escorted by the Rathlin Express, Red Bay Lifeboat and Larne Lifeboat to Glenarm Marina.

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