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Yachtsmen rescued off Rathlin after rudder jams

By Cate McCurry

Two men were saved after their yacht got into difficulty off Rathlin Island yesterday.

Red Bay RNLI in Antrim went to the aid of the men after they encountered steering problems.

The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 9.50am after being alerted by Belfast Coastguard that the yacht, which had been on its way from Ballycastle to Campbeltown in Scotland, was in difficulty.

The vessel had lost its ability to steer because of a jammed rudder.

The lifeboat, under coxswain Tom McLaughlin and with five crew members onboard, made its way to the scene in moderate seas and strong tides.

The crew checked that the two yachtsmen were safe and well before working with them to establish a towline.

Their boat was brought safely back to Ballycastle.

Paddy McLaughlin from Red Bay RNLI volunteer lifeboat said: "It is important that anyone going to sea, regardless of their activity, respects the water."

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