Portaferry Lifeboat - Rescues
RNLI Lifeboat House, The Strand, Portaferry, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Portaferry lifeboat crew working with coastguard and ambulance personnel

 

Rescue & Service Records

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2007 2006 2005 2004
2003 2002 2001 2000
2009  
   
16/02/2009 17:13 Member of the public reported to crew member that they had received a phone call from a friend who was in a 14ft dory in Marlfield Bay with engine difficulties. Lifeboat crew alerted but prior to launch information was received that the casualty had restarted their outboard engine. Crew stood down.
   
28/03/2009 06:14 Belfast Coastguard requested immediate launch to assist a 4-metre punt that was reported to be sinking off Killyleagh. Lifeboat located the punt close to Green Island and took one person on board who was hypothermic. Lifeboat took the casualty to Strangford village where the casualty was transferred to hospital via an awaiting ambulance.
   
02/04/2009 13:00 Mayday call received by Belfast Coastguard from the fishing vessel 'Gemini' that it was sinking. Lifeboat launched & crew located the fishing vessel partially afloat and with two crew members aboard the vessel's life-raft. Both crewmen were taken aboard the lifeboat. Shortly afterwards, the fishing vessel rolled over and sank. Lifeboat crew then recovered and disabled the fishing vessel's EPIRB and transported both fishermen to safety ashore at Portavogie.
   
16/04/2009 17:58 Belfast Coastguard requested immediate launch to rescue a person reported to have fallen overboard from a yacht moored off Strangford village. Lifeboat crew located the male casualty who on arrival was being held fast by a rope in the strong current by another crewmember. Lifeboat crew recovered the casualty and transferred him to safety ashore at the ferry quay in Strangford.
   
24/05/2009 15:19 Belfast Coastguard requested immediate launch to assist a junior male who had sustained a knee injury whilst participating in a family fun day on Salt Island, Strangford Lough. Lifeboat tasked to Quoile Yacht Club to transport a doctor & paramedics to Salt Island. After on-scene medical treatment the casualty was transferred to hospital by police helicopter.
   
31/05/2009 14:01 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a 6.5m boat in the Strangford Narrows that had broken down due to an overheating engine. Lifeboat located casualty vessel and towed it back to safety in Portaferry Marina.
   

04/06/2009
4:50

Belfast Coastguard requested launch after receiving a 'Pan Pan' call from a yacht that had ran aground on rocks at Ballydorn, Strangford Lough. Prior to arrival of the lifeboat another vessel in the vicinity of the casualty had given assistance to the yacht. Casualty vessel was able to proceed on passage without further assistance and lifeboat returned to station
 
02/07/2009 19:02 Belfast Coastguard requested an immediate launch following a 999 call reporting a fishing boat being driven onto rocks at the entrance to Ardglass harbour. No radio communication could be established with any vessels in the vicinity of the reported incident. Lifeboat launched to assist. On arrival on scene the lifeboat crew were advised that another fishing vessel had given assistance earlier by towing the casualty vessel off the rocks and that both boats were safely in Ardglass harbour. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
07/07/2009 12:01 Belfast Coastguard reported a yacht close to the North Rocks off Cloughey with engine failure. One person on board who was concerned sailing the yacht single-handed without engine power when entering port and was asking for assistance. Small crabbing boat and yacht in the area stood by the casualty vessel until the arrival of the lifeboat. Lifeboat took casualty vessel under tow to safety in Portaferry.
 
13/07/2009 14:22 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a yacht with engine problems approx three miles North of Ardglass. On arrival with the casualty vessel a crew member was put on board the yacht to assist. Lifeboat escorted the casualty to Ardglass and prior to entering the port took the vessel under tow. Lifeboat then returned to station. Helm reported that Station's new Atlantic 85 (Blue Peter V) had handled well in rough waters.
 
17/07/2009 13:16 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a 5m sportsboat adrift with engine problems in Strangford Narrows. Lifeboat arrived on scene with casualty vessel. Engine of casualty vessel was restarted and vessel was able to continue on its passage. Lifeboat returned to station
 
25/07/2009 16:09 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after receiving report of a capsized Laser dinghy close to Island Taggart. Lifeboat launched but recalled after confirmed reports that a local Sailing club rescue boat that was in the area attending a regatta had gave assistance. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
25/07/2009 16:30 While crew was making the Lifeboat ready after the previous service cries for help were heard. Three crew members went to investigate and discovered that a young boy had fallen into the water opposite the Lifeboat station and a teenager had jumped into the water to save him. Two crew members entered the water to assist whilst another used the 'throw line' of the lifeboat to assist those now in the water. The crew members ashore were able to pull the casualty & crew towards the quay. Both boys were recovered safely and were subsequently escorted home by their parents.
 
13/08/2009 03:00 Belfast Coastguard requested a launch to assist in the search for a young woman after concerns re her potential suicide. Lifeboat arrived at Sketrick Island and conducted a search of the islands and boats moored in the area. Coastguard team located the casualty on the shoreline close to where she lived. Lifeboat stood down & returned to station.
 
3/08/2009 11:40 Lifeboat on exercise and came across a kite surfer who had become overpowered by the difficult weather conditions and became separated from his surfing equipment. Lifeboat went alongside the kite surfer who by this time was a few meters from the shore and confirmed that he was safe & uninjured. Lifeboat crew then recovered the casualty's board located 500m off shore and the kite a further 500m downwind. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
26/08/2009 17:10 Belfast Coastguard advised that a member of the public had reported a sailboarder in trouble off Newtownards Sailing Club. Lifeboat launched and on arrival the sailboarder was found to be safely ashore on Pig Island. Lifeboat crew took casualty and his equipment on board the Lifeboat and transported him to safety at the sailing club. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
30/08/2009 16:46 Put on standby for sailboarder thought to be in difficulties off Newtownards S.C. - Crew stood down at 16:56
 
06/09/2009 09:35 HM Coastguard received a 999 call reporting a small boat with 2 persons on board in difficulty in Ballyhornan Bay. Lifeboat launched and located the casualty vessel with 1 diver aboard on the beach after vessel had dragged its anchor Second diver located when he returned to the surface after a dive. Lifeboat crew entered the water and took a line ashore onto the RhIB. With the second diver safely on board the Lifeboat the Rhib with the first diver was towed into deep water and to safety on a beach where both divers had launched earlier. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
17/09/2009 17:36 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a yacht off Ardglass with engine failure with no wind in the area and unable to sail to a safe anchorage/harbour. Lifeboat located yacht 6 miles east of Ardglass and towed it back to safety in Portaferry marina. Lifeboat returned to station.
   
20/09/2009 10:38 While Lifeboat was on exercise in the Strangford Narrows they were informed of a small yacht in difficulties close to the Walter Rocks. When Lifeboat arrived along side the yacht, the skipper confirmed that he had lost engine power and requested assistance. Lifeboat took the vessel under tow to safety at Portaferry marina. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
28/09/2009 14:22 Belfast Coastguard requested an immediate launch to assist 3 young females in a small punt off Cloughey who were unable to row back to the shore because of strong offshore winds. Lifeboat crew located the casualty vessel off Silver Bay Caravan Pk and took the 3 casualties on board. Lifeboat secured punt and landed the casualties to safety on Cloughey beach off the old 'Cloughey Lifeboat' Station. Lifeboat returned to station.
 
8/10/2009 16:17 Belfast Coastguard received a call on VHF from a motorboat at the southern end of Ringhaddy Sound with a fouled propeller that was drifting. Lifeboat launched and located the casualty vessel South of Ringhaddy Sound. Lifeboat crewman entered the water & used a knife to cut away the entangled rope. After checking for any other damage the skipper of the vessel restarted his engine and was able to continue on passage. Lifeboat returned to station
 
10/10/2009 18:09 HM Coastguard requested immediate launch after they had received a 999 call reporting a male possibly overboard from a punt in Ballyhalbert Bay. Shortly after launch casualty was sighted safe ashore and the lifeboat was recalled to station.
 
7/11/2009 16:58 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to investigate a report of a small punt drifting in Ballyhalbert Bay. HM Coastguard coastal response unit was on scene ashore and directed lifeboat into search area where the lifeboat crew located a 2.5m boat that was adrift. There were no signs of recent occupancy and the punt was taken to Portavogie harbour from where the lifeboat returned to Station.
 
28/12/2009 17:58 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after receiving a call from a National Trust warden advising concern over a kayaker who had not confirmed his safe arrival on Salt Island where he was to spend the night. Lifeboat arrived in the area and crew located the kayaker who was found to be safe and well on the island. Lifeboat returned to station
 
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