The volunteer crew of RNLI Larne, County Antrim, launched a daring rescue at the weekend when a 24ft yacht with three people on board got into difficulties south of the Isle of Muck.

The request to launch came in at 3:05pm on Saturday and the all-weather lifeboat was launched immediately.

A lifeboat crew member was transferred on board the yacht and a towline set up once on the scene.

The yacht was then towed to safety in Larne.

Commenting on the callout, Larne RNLI Coxswain Robert Rice said: ‘While the yacht was suffering engine difficulties, the weather made the callout extremely challenging.

“Thankfully an experienced lifeboat crew were on scene to ensure that a tow could be safely established and the vessel brought to safety quickly and with no casualties,” he told Belfast Live.

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