Portaferry RNLI launch to reports of paddleboarder in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Portaferry RNLI launched at the request of a paddleboarder in difficulty on Guns Island, Co. Down this afternoon (Tuesday 5th October).

RNLI/Jordan Conway

Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched at 3:14pm in sunny weather conditions with good visibility and a force 5 north westerly wind direction.

The Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) arrived on scene at 3:24pm, the crew made a close approach and placed a crew member on to Guns Island to access the casualty. The casualty was beginning to suffer from mild hypothermia after having been in the water for some time prior to the lifeboat arriving on scene. The casualty was placed onboard the lifeboat and taken ashore at Ballyhornan Bay into the care of Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team.

The lifeboat returned back to station and ready for service at 4:45pm.

Commenting on the call-out, Fergal Glynn Portaferry RNLI Helmsman said: ‘The casualty was wearing appropriate clothing and had made the right decision to make himself safe on the island once they had got into difficulty. We would urge anyone planning to spend time on the water to be careful of the conditions and particularly the wind direction, as offshore winds can prove difficult to fight against’.

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