Donaghadee Lifeboat

Saxon and crew launch twice on Sunday

DONAGHADEE’S RNLI lifeboat volunteers were called upon twice on Sunday in response to emergency calls from the Coastguard.

Just after 11.00pm the Saxon was launched after a distress call from a 10m motor fishing vessel with two people onboard. It suffered engine failure around three miles north east of Donaghadee. The weather was fair and the stricken vessel was located quickly. A tow line was secured and steady progress made back to port. Both vessels were safely alongside in the harbour shortly after midnight.

Earlier in the day the Saxon was launched after a member of the public reported a jet-ski in trouble. However the lifeboat was stood down and returned to the harbour around 4.15pm when the situation was reported to be resolved. The jet-ski and passenger were towed ashore by a small boat.