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Portaferry RNLI assist angling vessel in difficulty off the South Rock

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew with Portaferry RNLI were called out yesterday afternoon (Sunday 17 April) to assist a 36ft angling vessel which had run into difficulty north of the South Rock Light Buoy near Portaferry.

The alarm was raised just before 12.25pm and the lifeboat was dispatched to the scene, some ten miles east of the lifeboat station.  The vessel which had three people on board had developed engine problems in what were described as calm conditions with a force three wind and a slight sea swell.  When on scene the lifeboat crew checked everyone was okay before taking the angling vessel under tow to Portavogie, arriving there at 2pm. The lifeboat was back on station at 2.30pm.

Commenting on the callout Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Brian Bailie said, ‘This was a fairly routine callout for the lifeboat crew and we were glad to be able to offer assistance. However as we approach the busy season and more people are taking to the water for leisure we would advise the public to make sure they check all their equipment is in proper working order. The RNLI offers sea safety advice on RNLI.org/RespectTheWater.’

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