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Bangor RNLI rescues two on stricken yacht

Bangor RNLI and its volunteer lifeboat crew were called to rescue two people on a 30' yacht stuck fast on rocks near Carrickfergus.
On arrival at the scene, helm Tommy Burns skilfully manouvered the 'Jessie Hillyard' alongside the yacht to allow crewman John Bell to climb aboard the stricken vessel.
After an inspection of the yacht to ensure it was watertight - and not taking on water as originally reported - John was able to attach a line and after a few minutes the yacht was pulled free.
Just outside Carrickfergus Marina, with the yacht's engine working, the tow line was released and the yacht made its own way into the marina.
A few minutes later, as the lifeboat was heading to collect its missing member, the crew became aware that the yacht was in further difficulty in the windy conditions inside the marina.
A line was attached, and the lifeboat was able to pull them alongside a vacant pontoon with the wind pushing them onto the berth.
After collecting their missing crewmember, the 'Jessie Hillyard' returned to Bangor Marina.

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