Early on Sunday morning, Portrush RNLI was called upon by Belfast Coastguard to assist with a small motor cruiser that had broken down around one mile off the coast of Ballycastle.
The lifeboat was launched at 1.46am and arrived on the scene around an hour later. The crew assessed the situation and decided to attach a towline to the boat, which was then towed slowly back to Ballycastle Harbour.
The crew returned to Portrush and refuelled the lifeboat before putting it back on its moorings.
Speaking after the call out, Johnny Weston, Deputy Coxswain at Portrush RNLI said: “Because of the size of the motor cruiser, we had to make sure it was a sure steady tow back to Ballycastle Harbour, but it was a beautiful morning and sea conditions were good. The crew of the small boat did the right thing in alerting the Coastguard especially as the tide had started to pull them Eastwards. This was the third launch for our all-weather within a 24-hour period.”