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Portaferry RNLI launch to broken down fishing vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI launched to reports that a boat with three people on board had suffered engine failure one mile from Strangford Narrows, within Strangford Lough

The volunteer crew launched at 2:50pm on Saturday (20 April). The crew were paged whilst participating in a crew day where the crew cleaned the boat and the station.

The lifeboat launched in sunny weather conditions with good, clear visibility and little wind. The Portaferry crew arrived on scene at 3:03pm with sunny weather and good visibility.

When the volunteer crew arrived on scene, they established a tow line and proceeded to the nearest safest cooke street quay, Portaferry. The volunteer crew then handed the fishing boat and its crew over to the HM coastguard.

Commenting on today’s rescue, Simon Rogers, Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘The hard work and dedication of our volunteers has once again resulted in the safe return to shore of the skipper and his crew who were having trouble while at sea. He certainly took the right course of action calling for help once he realised that his engine had failed. We are all delighted with the outcome and urge anyone considering going on the water to take all necessary precautions. It has been a busy week for the voulnteers. Anyone who would like any information on safety on the water can find further details on our website www.rnli.org

The Portaferry RNLI departed the scene and returned to station at 4:15pm.

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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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