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

Portaferry lifeboat crew working with coastguard and ambulance personnel

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14 April 2019 @ 01:51
No.1

Provisional information

Yacht reported by Belfast Coastguard to have hit rocks at Rainey Island, Strangford Lough. 3 persons on board.

Portaferry Lifeboat launched on service and proceeded to Rainey Island.

On arrival the lifeboat crew found that the casualty vessel was clear of the rocks, and after ascertaining that all on board were safe, escorted the yacht and its crew to safety onto a jetty at Strangford Lough Yacht Club.

Portaferry Lifeboat returned to Station at 0335.

20 April 2019 @ 14:52
No.2

Provisional information

Belfast CGOC received reports of a small angling boat with engine failure near the Fairway Buoy off the Strangford Narrows. 3 persons on board.

Portaferry Lifeboat launched on service and proceeded to the casualty vessel's position.

On arrival on scene the lifeboat crew secured a tow line to the vessel and took it under tow to the Cooke Street quay at Portaferry where 3 persons were landed to safety ashore with the Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team in attendance.

Portaferry Lifeboat returned to station at 16:15

26 April 2019 @ 17:05
No.3

Provisional report

Report to Belfast CGOC of the possibility of 3 persons in difficulty in a dinghy off the shoreline near Mountstewart, Strangford Lough.

Portaferry Lifeboat launched on service and proceeded initially to Pig Island, Strangford Lough and commenced a search of the sea area and the shoreline.
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R119 also tasked and commenced an aerial search of the area.
Coastguard Rescue Teams tasked to search the shoreline.

Following an extensive search nothing found and all SAR services stood down.

Portaferry Lifeboat returned to station.

12 May 2019 @ 17:30
No.4
Details to follow

14 May 2019 @ 22:10
No.5

Details to follow
19 May 2019 @ 17:34
No.6
Details to follow
22 May 2019 @ 20:54
No.7

Provisional information

25ft sailing vessel with one person on board reported as missing by HM Coastguard. Believed to be on passage from a last known position off the Mull of Galloway to Galway, Republic of Ireland.

Following a search by the Coastguard SAR Helicopter Rescue 199 of the Solway Firth and the north Irish Sea between the Mull of Galloway and the Ards Peninsula the missing vessel was located approximately 5NM east of Portavogie, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Portaferry Lifeboat 'Blue Peter V' launched on service at the request of Belfast CGOC and made way to the casualty vessel position which was located close to the South Rock.

Photo: Portaferry RNLI

On arrival with the casualty vessel the lifeboat crew firstly ascertianed that the person on board did not require medical assistance. It was established that the casualty vessel had lost engine power and was unable to make under sail way due to the light winds.   The SAR helicopter Rescue 199 was then stood down and returned to base.   

Photo: Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team

After the lifeboat crew had secured a tow line to the casualty vessel it was taken under tow to Portavogie harbour where 1 person was landed to safety ashore and where a Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Team was in attendance.

Portaferry Lifeboat returned to station

28 May 2019 @ 18:46
Shout No.8

Request to launch Portaferry Lifeboat received from Belfast CGOC following a report from a fishing boat in a position approximately 21NM west of Peel, Isle of Man, that it was rapidly taking water. 5 persons on board. On board water pumps failing to cope.

Peel Lifeboat launched at 18:05 and Donaghadee Lifeboat at 18:10 and proceeding to the casualty vessel's position. Portaferry Lifeboat launched at 18:46 to assist.

Donaghadee Lifeboat arrived with the casualty vessel at 19:02 in fresh northerly F5 winds with moderate sea conditions. On arrival with the casualty vessel the crew had managed to lower the water level using the vessel's own water pumps and the skipper was content to proceed towards the fishing port of Portavogie on the east coast of Northern Ireland escorted by Donaghadee Lifeboat.

Portaferry Lifeboat tasked to stand-by off Portavogie to assist Donaghadee Lifeboat escorting the casualty vessel into Portavogie harbour. Peel Lifeboat had been previously stood down and returned to station.

Photo credit: Scott Hay

Following the safe arrival of the casualty vessel into Portavogie harbour Donaghadee and Portaferry lifeboats were stood down and returned to their stations.

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