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Early morning call out for Portaferry RNLI to go yacht with three onboard.

Lifeboats News Release

A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI launched to a 999 call, reporting that a yacht with three people on board, had hit rocks at Rainey Island near Ballydoran in Strangford lough

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Portaferry RNLI

The volunteer crew launched in the early hours of Sunday (14 April) morning at 1.50am.

The lifeboat launched in cloudy weather conditions with good visibility and a force four south easterly winds. The Portaferry crew arrived on scene at 2.25am with good visibility and a moderate sea state.

When the volunteer crew arrived on scene, the yacht had made itself off the rocks and proceeded into Strangford lough Yacht Club. Portaferry RNLI closely followed the boat to the pontoon, went alongside yacht and checked that all onboard were safe and well.

Portaferry RNLI departed the scene and returned to station at 3:35am.

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For more information please telephone Jordan Conway, Portaferry RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on Jordan_conway@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 00353 876483547 or Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 00353 871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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