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Portaferry RNLI launches twice in less than 12 hours

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer lifeboat crew from Portaferry RNLI were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard, Saturday (11 August) at 1.10pm and 8:50pm to aid in locating an Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon.


The volunteer crew launched at 1:10pm in cloudy weather conditions with good visibility and a force three south westerly winds. The Portaferry crew arrived on scene at 1:30pm with good visibility.

When on scene the Portaferry lifeboat crew carried out a search pattern to attempt to locate the Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon. The crew searched the area of Don O’Neill Island within Strangford lough. Portaferry Coastguard team also aided the search from Marlfield Bay.

After 40 minutes of searching the area nothing was found and at 2:10pm both units stood down.

The volunteer crew launched later that evening at 8:50pm to overcast weather conditions with good visibility and a force three south easterly winds, the sea state at time of launch was calm. The lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 9:27pm with good visibility.

The Portaferry lifeboat crew were requested to launch as Belfast Coastguard had received further information that a different position of the Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon was in the area of East Down Yacht Club. Portaferry volunteer crew carried out a search pattern of the area. Portaferry Coastguard team and Rescue Helicopter R199 also aided the search.

After three hours of searching with nothing found, at 12:30am, Portaferry RNLI departed the scene and returned to station.


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