Portaferry RNLI comes to the aid of two kayakers who get into difficulty
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of kayakers who got into difficulty near Killard Point late yesterday afternoon (Monday 7 November).
Portaferry RNLI’s volunteer crew launched their inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat promptly at 2.20pm and made their way to Killard Point in Strangford Lough. The crew launched in cloudy weather conditions with good visibility, a Force Six south westerly wind direction and moderate sea state.
When on scene at 2.30pm the crew searched the Kilclief shoreline for two kayakers reported to be in one inflatable kayak. After an update from HM Coastguard, the lifeboat crew commenced a search one mile east of St. Patrick’s Rock, Strangford Lough, were they faced weather conditions of a Force 8-10. Whilst completing the search the crew spotted the two kayakers located 50 yards off the fairway buoy.
The two men who were safe and well were taken onboard the lifeboat and the inflatable kayak was left on scene due to the adverse conditions. The lifeboat crew then took the kayakers to Strangford pontoon were they were transferred into the care of the NI Ambulance service.
Commenting on the call out, Portaferry RNLI Helm Dave Fisher said:
‘Despite the adverse weather conditions on scene, the quick actions by the lifeboat crew resulted in a favourable outcome. Thankfully the two kayakers were returned to shore with no injuries. Their ability to raise the alarm to the Coastguard via a mobile device was the right choice to make’.
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