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Red flares aids rescue in Ireland

RedBay Lifeboat station

A lifeboat was launched in Ireland one evening in April 2019 after red flares were seen and helped save four crew in a broken-down boat.

The RNLI’s Red Bay Lifeboat was launched after red distress flares were sighted off Torr Head, near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.

They were fired by crew of four aboard a seven-metre boat, which had lost engine power and was being tossed about in rough seas. The distress flares were seen by two people in a kayak in the area who contacted Belfast Coastguard.

The lifeboat located the vessel and towed it safely to Cushendall. No-one was injured in the incident.

The image of the Red Bay Lifeboat Station is from https://www.geograph.ie/photo/496626 and is reproduced under Creative Commons.

May 01, 2019