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RNLI rescues four after yacht's engine fails off Co Antrim

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Four people have been rescued after their yacht got into difficulty off the Co Antrim coast.

Larne RNLI was called out when a 16-metre vessel reported engine failure a mile off Muck Island.

It happened at about 6.30pm on Thursday, but details have only just been released. Weather conditions at the time were described as good, with a force-three wind.

An RNLI statement said: "Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew observed that one of the four people on board was suffering from sea sickness.

"Crew members from the inshore lifeboat went aboard to treat the unwell crew member, while the all-weather lifeboat crew started to prepare the yacht for towing."

The yacht was then towed safely into Carrick marina.

Philip Ford-Hutchinson, Larne RNLI deputy launching authority, praised the efforts of rescuers.

He said: "This call-out was a great example of both our inshore and all-weather lifeboats working well together to assist the four people on board the casualty vessel.

"The inshore lifeboat crew members were able to administer casualty care to the person who was seasick before assisting the all-weather crew with setting up a tow and then helping to manoeuvre the yacht in the tight confines of Carrick Marina."

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