Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI launch to stricken fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Portaferry RNLI was requested to launch by HM Belfast Coastguard to reports of a fishing boat aground on St.John’s point on Friday (5 August). They were joined on scene by Newcastle RNLI with their all weather and Inshore lifeboats.

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Portaferry inshore lifeboat during recovery.

Portaferry RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews’ pagers sounded at 6.24am and they made their way to St.John’s point at Ardglass. They arrived on scene at 6.58am to good visibility and a force 2 northerly wind direction. The 16 metre fishing boat, with a crew of four, was aground on a rocky coastline off St.John’s Point.

When on scene, the lifeboat crew checked the fishing boat for damage before taking the four male adults onboard the lifeboat and bringing them to safety at Ardglass Marina. Newcastle RNLI arrived on scene, ready to offer assistance.

Once on land, the casualties were then transferred into the care of Newcastle coastguard rescue team.

Commenting on the callout, Portaferry RNLI helm, Chris Adair said, ‘This was an early morning callout for our crew and thankfully it had a successful outcome. We also wish to express our thanks to our colleagues in Newcastle RNLI who launched both their lifeboats and travelled to the scene. We were grateful to have them there. With conditions fair, the four casualties were brought to safety quickly and we wish them well.’

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Newcastle all-weather lifeboat launching.

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