Lifeboat rescues four fishermen off the north coast
Four fishermen have been rescued after their boat got into difficulty near the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge last night.
The drama unfolded near dangerous rocks off the north coast between Ballintoy and Ballycastle when their 17ft long vessel broke down.
The Portrush all-weather lifeboat swung into action when it received the emergency call at around 6pm.
A crew of seven volunteer lifeboat men came to the aid of the Pioneer, launching a small inflatable boat from the main rescue vessel.
Spokeswoman for Portrush lifeboat Judy Nelson said the four fishermen were rescued without injury.
She said the fishing vessel was towed to Ballintoy Harbour by the all-weather lifeboat before transferring the tow to the smaller inflatable.
"There were four people rescued during the operation which ended safely at Ballintoy Harbour," she said.
She added the fishing crew had carried out required precautions before they set off, but added: "You can do all the checks beforehand and take all the precautions but sometimes the vessels just break down."
She added: "People should make sure someone knows where they are going before they set off and they should have all the safety gear required and know what you are doing."