Donaghadee Lifeboat

Three men in two unsuitable boats

THE Saxon was launched at 4.37pm today after a call from a member of the public who spotted two small boats in potential danger off the coast at Donaghadee.

Coxswain Philip McNamara and his crew of volunteers found three anglers in a tiny punt and an inflatable craft powered by a small outboard motor. While conditions at the time were calm the little flotilla was in danger of being swamped by the first passing bow wave. The fishermen wisely accepted the advice of the experienced mariners of the RNLI and were escorted safely back to harbour.

Philip McNamara said: “While this launch was a precautionary measure these were most unsuitable craft and there was a clear threat to the lives of those aboard. I would advise everyone putting to sea to take proper advice about boats, ensure they have adequate safety equipment and are prepared for a change in sea conditions.”