Donaghadee Lifeboat

Lifeboat crew rescues stricken anglers

THREE men in a 20-foot pleasure craft were rescued by the volunteers of Donaghadee RNLI on Easter Monday (April 6) after their boat experienced mechanical failure north of the Copeland Islands during a holiday fishing trip.

The all-weather lifeboat Saxon was launched at 7.31pm after a request from the Coastguard, crew established a tow-line and brought the stricken vessel back to Donaghadee harbour before darkness fell. No one was injured during the rescue.

Lifeboat coxswain Philip McNamara said: “It is the beginning of the holiday season and the RNLI would remind all boat owners to ensure vessels are seaworthy and all safety equipment is operational before they put to sea.”