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Portaferry RNLI launch to assist broken down boat

Lifeboats News Release

Portaferry RNLI launched to reports of a broken down boat this afternoon (Saturday 4th July)


The crew launched at 2:55pm

Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched at 2:55pm in misty weather with poor visibility and a force 1 westerly wind direction.

When on scene at 3:08pm, the crew went alongside the vessel, which was a 7 metre angling boat with 4 adults on board. The crew ensured that the vessel and crew wer well and unhurt then established a tow line and proceeded to Portaferry marina where they were then met by the Coastguard who ensured they were safe and well in their berth.

Portaferry lifeboat crew departed the casualty vessel at 4:05pm at Portaferry marina and were ready for service again at 5:45pm.

Commenting on the call-out, Fergal Glynn, Portaferry RNLI Trainee Helmsman said: ‘Those aboard the casualty vessel made the right decision to drop their anchor, make themselves safe and call for assistance. Their actions made their recovery proceed without any incident’.


The casualty vessel being towed to safety.

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