Early launch for Newcastle RNLI launch to stranded sailor at Ardglass Marina
Newcastle RNLI volunteer crews were woken by their pagers 3.34am this morning (Wednesday 26 July) after a lone yachtsman ran aground at the mouth of the Ardglass marina.
The all-weather lifeboat Eleanor and Bryant Girling was on the way by 3.55am and arrived on scene with the casualty vessel 45 minutes later. The lifeboat crew found the yacht hard aground and listing heavily to starboard on the breakwater protecting the marina. The lifeboat under command of coxswain William Chambers and his crew tried manoeuvring the lifeboat close to the yacht only to find the tide had fallen too much and was too far away to retrieve the lone sailor from his vessel.
With full coordination between both the lifeboat and Newcastle coastguard on the shore the lifeboat pulled back to deeper water and provided safety cover while members of Newcastle coastguard team carried out a rescue from the shore.
The casualty was removed from the vessel for his own safety with no injuries and with everyone accounted for the lifeboat was stood down.
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