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Portaferry RNLI go the aid of man and two children on broken down motor boat

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI responded to a launch request from the Coastguard this evening (Sunday 5 June), to go to the aid of one man and two children on board a 16ft motor boat which was experiencing engine problems.

The volunteer crew received the request at 6.55pm and the inshore Atlantic 85, launched shortly after at a minute past seven.  
At the time of the launch, the weather was sunny with good visibility, force three north easterly wind and smooth sea conditions.
The man and two children on board the motor boat had begun to experience intermittent engine problems while at the entrance to Strangford Lough, and had used an auxiliary engine to get to Guns Island, a small island just off Ballyhornan in County Down.
The Portaferry lifeboat crew arrived with the casualty vessel at 7.16pm and were told by the man on board that he had managed to solve the problems and had the engine restarted.
The volunteer crew, however, remained with the motor boat as it made its way to Ardglass Marina to ensure that the three onboard didn’t experience any further problems and were returned to shore safely.
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For more information please contact Bernard Roddy, Portaferry RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at or telephone 07717318003, or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 00353876483547, email or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 00 353 87 1254 124 or

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