A £2 million lifeboat remains stranded after being trapped on rocks while carrying out a rescue yesterday evening.

A £2 million lifeboat remains stranded after being trapped on rocks while carrying out a rescue yesterday evening. Portrush’s Severn class lifeboat Katie Hannan was hit by a freak wave whilst helping three people whose RIB had gone aground on Rathlin Island.

Nobody was injured in the incident and Coast Guards took all those on board the stricken boat to safety. Fred Williams, deputy launching authority for Portrush lifeboat, said, “Occasionally these things happen, but our crew were safe and the three casualties were safe, which is the most important thing.”

A Londonderry-based tug tried without success to refloat the lifeboat at high water today, but a further attempt will be made tomorrow.