DONAGHADEE’S Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers had a busy weekend and were called out twice during the Sea Bangor maritime festival.
On Saturday the Lifeboat Saxon put to sea after a report that a dinghy was adrift eight miles south of the Copeland Islands. The small boat was recovered by another vessel while the RNLI crew conducted a search of the area to ensure there were no casualties in the water. On Sunday the Saxon was launched again after a cabin cruiser lost power close to the Copeland islands. The Saxon’s crew established a tow line and the vessel was brought safely to harbour for repairs. Both operations took place in calm conditions.
Coxswain, Philip McNamara, said, “If you lose over the side something that floats be sure and inform the Coastguard. It may be a danger to shipping and could prevent an unnecessary search and rescue operation.”