Donaghadee Lifeboat

Exercise turns into drama in the channel

THE lifeboat crew’s regular Sunday exercise turned into a real drama when the Saxon responded to an emergency call from the Coastguard.

A kayaker was reported to be in difficulty west of the lighthouse on the Mull of Galloway in Scotland. Both Donaghadee and Portpatrick lifeboats sped to the area while a small angling vessel and its crew assisted. The Portpatrick lifeboat brought the casualty aboard when it reached the scene and both RNLI vessels were stood down.

The Saxon was also called upon to tow a Rigid Inflatable Boat into harbour when its engine broke down around 10 miles from Donaghadee. Crew then spotted a lifebuoy which they reported to the Coastguard after searching the area as a precaution.