A small yacht with three people on board broadcast a mayday distress call, sparking a dramatic sea search and rescue mission.
The boat, which set off from Fleetwood on Thursday afternoon, was aided by RNLI crews from the Isle of Man and Barrow – as well as Steam Packet ferry the Ben-my-Chree – after turning back during bad weather at around 6am on Friday.
Due to a combination of sea conditions, severe seasickness and exhaustion, the crew became disorientated and were unable to establish their position, officials said.
They broadcast a mayday distress call using their VHF radio, which the Belfast Coastguard picked up.
The sea conditions at the time were rough and the wind was westerly, force 5-6.
The vessel was found and towed back to Fleetwood, with RNLI coxwaint Mark Kenyon praising crew aboard the Ben-my-Chree for their effort during the search mission.
He said: “Fortunately, the Ben-my-Chree was able to provide an effective visual search platform without which the search may have been considerably longer.”