Northern Ireland

Yacht rescue: Four people rescued off Antrim Coast

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Media captionYacht rescue: Four people rescued off Antrim Coast

Four people have been rescued after their yacht got into difficulty off the County Antrim coast.

The vessel's engine failed a mile north east of Muck Island on Thursday evening.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a Force 3 wind and a slight swell running.

A volunteer crew from the Larne RNLI launched two lifeboats at about 18:30 BST.

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Image caption The yacht was towed to Carrick Marina

The lifeboat towed the yacht to Carrick Marina.

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Image caption The vessel sustained engine failure a mile north east of Muck Island on Thursday evening

Larne RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Philip Ford-Hutchinson said the call-out was "a great example of both our inshore and all-weather lifeboats working well together to assist the four people onboard the casualty vessel".