Donaghadee Lifeboat

Lifeboat goes to the aid of yacht on rocks

Donaghadee RNLI launched at 23.13pm last night Wednesday to go to the aid of a yacht aground on rocks. The 26ft yacht with two people on board had gone aground in Chapel Bay off the Copeland Islands.

On arriving on the scene the lifeboat crew were able to get a tow line across to the stricken yacht and with the tide rising were able to pull the casualty to safety. The lifeboat was then able to tow the yacht and the two occupants safely back into Donaghadee harbour shortly after 1.30am.

2nd Coxswain John Ashwood said the occupants of the yacht had been unfortunate in that while putting their main sail up to get under way the yacht had dragged its anchor and the tide had taken them onto the rocks. He was pleased that all were safely ashore.