Portaferry RNLI launch on Father’s Day to reports of upturned boat

Lifeboats News Release

Portaferry RNLI launched to reports of an upturned boat off Ardglass this evening (Sunday 21 June)

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RNLI/Jordan Conway

Portaferry’s volunteer crew were celebrating Father’s Day when paged by Belfast Coastguard.

The crew launched promptly at 9.17pm in cloudy but good visibility conditions and swiftly made their way to Ardglass.

Arriving on scene at 9.50pm, the crew began searching the area for the upturned boat. After a detailed search of the area the crew unfortunately discovered the reported sighting of a boat was in fact a dead whale that was floating on the surface of the Irish Sea.

The volunteer crew communicated with Belfast Coastguard who also confirmed the crew's discovery of the dead whale. Once all agencies were confident that no human lives were in danger, the crew departed the scene at 10.15pm and made their way round to Strangford Lough, ready for service again at 11.15pm.

Commenting on the call-out, Graham Edgar, Portaferry RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: ‘This was an unfortunate conclusion of the search. However we are glad that no lives were in danger. Belfast Coastguard will report the whale as a hazard to navigation to ensure all other vessels in the area will be aware of the remains.’

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