Originally Posted by codprawn
Wouldn't they have been better using an inshore boat for - erm - inshore work???
Yes. That photo looks like its been taken in Church Bay on Rathlin with the harbour in the background, thats to the South of the Island and facing Ballycastle. Richard Branson gave the islanders £25k to buy an independant inshore lifeboat and they bought a Delta 5.5m. Unfortunately it fell into dis-repair some years ago.
Some nasty rocks just there which we found out the hard way
Doesn't look good for the lifeboat though:
Colin Williams, divisional inspector with the RNLI, tonight confirmed the difficulties involved in the operation to get the lifeboat back into the harbour`s deep water for emergency repairs.
He said: "There is alot of water inside the vessel. There is alot of damage around the keel. We thought we were in with a chance, but it does not have the buoyancy to lift.
"All the watertight doors are closed, but there is a lot of water in the vessel. Unfortunately the there is a very bad weather forecast and we will have to wait until tomorrow before we decide what to do next."