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Lifeboat rescues man and woman from stricken cruiser

By Chris Kilpatrick

A man and woman were treated for shock after being rescued from a sinking boat off the north coast.

Two RNLI lifeguards based on Castlerock beach in Co Londonderry rescued the pair from their vessel.

The rescue operation was sparked after the stricken duo issued a mayday alert on their radio when they discovered their two-berth vessel was taking on water while 150 metres from the shore.

The distress alert was sent out at 12.40pm, with lifeguards on the scene just minutes later.

RNLI lifeguard Charlie Boyle discovered the man and woman in the water.

An RNLI spokesman said: “On establishing that there wasn't anyone else with them and that they hadn't taken in any water or hit their head, the lifeguards recovered the pair onto their rescue water craft and made their way back to the shore.”

He added that the time between the mayday call and the lifeguards’ arrival at the scene was about six minutes.

RNLI Lifeguard supervisor Stuart Montgomery commented: “This was a great result for (our) lifeguards who are equipped to respond to a variety of callouts.”

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