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Watch: RNLI comes to rescue of three people on drifting yacht near Larne

Three sailors had a lucky escape on Sunday after their yacht's engine failed while they were at sea near Larne.

They raised the alert shortly after 1pm and Larne RNLI immediately responded.

Both the all-weather lifeboat, the Dr John McSparran, and the inshore lifeboat sped to the scene near the entrance to Larne Lough, north of the Port of Larne's number one buoy.

Under the direction of Coxswain Frank Healy, a member of the RNLI's volunteer crew climbed aboard the yacht. It was soon established that the all three people on board the yacht were safe and well.

The gearbox was broken, and the sailors were unable to make it safely back to their mooring in Larne Lough, due to force 3-4 southerly winds. RNLI crew on the all weather boat established a tow line and brought the yacht back into the harbour. There, it was met by the RNLI's inshore lifeboat which helped the sailors bring get the yacht back to its mooring.

Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy said after the incident: "All the crew training was put into action today to carry out a safe and efficient rescue.

"An excellent team effort ensured that the tow line was set up speedily and the yacht with two adults and a child onboard was safely on its mooring without delay."

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.

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