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Portaferry RNLI rescues four people stranded on island in Strangford Lough

Lifeboats News Release

Portaferry RNLI was called out early this afternoon, (Wednesday 28 June), to rescue a group of four people who had become stranded on an island at the north end of Strangford Lough.

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The four, two women and two children had become stranded on Rough Island, a small island which lies just off Island Hill in Strangford Lough between Newtownards and Comber County Down.

The island is accessible on foot at low tide via a concrete causeway connecting the mainland to the small island, however the group had been cut off when the causeway became submerged due to the incoming tide.

The Coastguard request to launch was received at 4.34pm and the volunteer lifeboat crew were on the water at 4.40pm, arriving on scene at 5.06pm.

The weather at the time was partly cloudy with good visibility and calm seas.

The women and children were taken on board the lifeboat and transported the short distance to safety on shore.

Once the lifeboat crew were satisfied that the group were no longer in any danger, they departed the scene at 5.15pm to return to station ready for service.

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Photo: Portaferry RNLI’s Bluepeter V Atlantic 85 class lifeboat approaches the stranded group on Rough Island.

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