Portaferry RNLI come to aid of workers stranded on island

Lifeboats News Release

Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of three people stranded on Trasnagh Island near Whiterock this afternoon (Tuesday 26 November), as the weather deteriorated

RNLI/Jordan Conway

Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched promptly at 1.26pm and made their way to Transnagh Island, in Strangford Lough and arrived on scene at 1.45pm, in fair but rainy weather conditions and easterly winds. The sea state was moderate.

When on scene, the volunteer crew transferred the three work men off the island, where they had been working since the early hours of the morning. As the weather had got worse, the small boat that they had used to get out to island was not suitable to complete the return journey to shore.

The lifeboat crew took the three workmen to shore, where they were met by the local coastguard team.

Commenting on today’s call out, Graham Edgar, Portaferry RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘While not in any immediate danger, the men certainly took the right course of action today calling for help once they realised that they could not get back to shore. We were delighted to help and would urge anyone considering going to sea to take all necessary precautions and respect the water.’

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