Red Bay RNLI respond to incident off Antrim coast after vessel catches fire with two people onboard
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Both the All Weather and inshore lifeboats were on exercise at the time of the callout, which came in at 8.11pm and were quickly on scene.
The two men who were in the water, were rescued by a passing yacht and then transferred to the Red Bay inshore lifeboat and brought back to Ballycastle, where they were met by the Coastguard. Conditions at the time were described as calm.
Speaking on the callout Red Bay RNLI Helm Gary Fyfe said, ‘Thankfully we had excellent conditions this evening and both people were safely recovered from the water.
The fire took hold quickly and they made the correct decision to evacuate the vessel. We would advise people to carry a means of calling for help and to always wear a lifejacket.’
The vessel later sank at 9.40pm.