Portaferry RNLI rescue two people and a dog from a vessel in difficultly
The volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were paged on Saturday (11 August) at 3:15pm to go to the aid of two people stranded on Guns Island.
The volunteer crew launched at 3:20pm in overcast weather conditions with good visibility and a force four south easterly wind. The sea state at time of launch was rough. The Portaferry lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 3:40pm with rain and poor visibility.
Newcastle, Bangor and Portaferry coastguard rescue teams were also in attendance, assisting from the shore.
The RNLI crew approached the scene where they rescued the two people and a dog from the island after their six-metre punt got into difficultly and was destroyed on nearby rocks.
The volunteer crew recovered the casualties from Guns Island and took them to Ballyhornan Beach where they were then transferred over to the coastguard rescue teams who were on shore.
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For more information please contact Jordan Conway Portaferry RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 086 8075253 email: Jordan_conway@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.