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
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.
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.
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