Bad weather is continuing to delay any fresh attempt to salvage the Portrush lifeboat stranded off Rathlin Island.
The boat has sustained severe damage
Experts believe the £2m vessel has been more seriously damaged than first thought. All six compartments in the hull have been waterlogged.
It has been on the rocks near Rathlin since Tuesday night after getting into difficulty while attempting to rescue three people whose boat was in danger.
The removal of the lifeboat will now be handled by an outside contractor.
It is planned to remove 4,000 litres of fuel from the vessel on Saturday to avoid any possibility of pollution at Rathlin.
The RNLI has launched an internal investigation into what happened on Tuesday.
Despite the efforts of a fishing vessel and the Larne lifeboat, the stranded vessel could not be moved after it first became stuck.
The three people, who the lifeboat had gone to assist, were rescued by the Rathlin Island Coastguard crew.