Portaferry RNLI launch to two Jet Skier and a kayaker in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of two people on a Jet Ski who got into difficulty at Cloughy Bay this afternoon (Sunday 7 June).


Portaferry RNLI lifeboat (stock image)

Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched promptly at 3:14pm and made their way to Cloughy Bay. The crew launched in sunny conditions with good visibility and a force four northerly wind direction.

Arriving on scene at 3:35pm, the crew noticed two people in the water and hanging on to their Jet Skis along with a kayaker who had rowed out to assist but, in doing so, had gotten into difficulty.

The volunteer crew recovered all three people out of the water and took them aboard the lifeboat.

The volunteer crew departed the scene at 3:56pm and made their way round to Strangford lough, ready for service at 4:45pm.

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