Anniversary of Bransonís Rathlin rescue

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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THIRTY years ago last week, Virgin group boss, Sir Richard Branson and friend Per Lindstrand were rescued after the hot air balloon they were travelling in crashed into the Irish sea after a historic Atlantic crossing.
The pair were rescued from the sea a few miles northwest of Bull Point, Rathlin, by Mr Tommy Cecil who lived on the island, but has since passed away.
Richard Branson later returned to Rathlin and presented the Rathlin Island Trust with £25,000 towards the renovation of the tithe barn at the Manor House.
The famous entrepreneur set off from Maine, USA, on July 2 1987 and long with his partner Per Lindstrand, Branson crossed 3,075 miles of open water during their record breaking feat.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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