The Portpatrick and Donaghadee RNLI Lifeboats were involved in a drama last Friday when they took part in a joint rescue of a stranded yacht in the North Chaneel.
A lifeboat spokesman said: ”A volunteer RNLI crew launched the Portpatrick Lifeboat at 11.01am on Friday to rescue a yacht which had lost it’s propeller in the North Channel approximately eight miles from Portpatrick. The Lifeboat reached the vessel Yeoman at 11.40am The crew of three persons aboard the yacht were not injured, and stated that their destination was Bangor in Northern Ireland. As the tide was low at the time it was not possible for the Yeoman to enter Portpatrick Harbour, and so the vessel was taken under tow toward Donaghadee.
“The Donaghadee RNLI Lifeboat was launched, and met the Portpatrick Lifeboat with yacht in tow near to Mew Island in Copeland sound. The tow was transferred from the Portpatrick Lifeboat to the Donaghadee Lifeboat, which took the vessel under tow to Bangor in Northern Ireland. The Portpatrick Lifeboat then returned to base, reaching the harbour at 2.58pm.”