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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2008  
23 January 2008 2254 - Coastguard requested launch after they had received a call from the Master of the Strangford Ferry who reported that the Sarah May 111 had dragged her moorings & was drifting up into the Lough. Lifeboat crew located vessel after approximately 5 minutes and took her in tow back to Strangford and handed her over to the owner. The vessel was started by the owner and taken to another mooring in Strangford the lifeboat returned to station.
   
26 January 2008 1603 - Coastguard requested a launch after they had received a call from the local Police that a person was in the water between Rough Island and the shore at the north end of Strangford Lough. Whilst Lifeboat was enroute the coastguard reported that the casualty had made it ashore by himself and the boat could return to station.
   
21 February 2008 1447 - Coastguard requested launch to assist a motor vessel which had run aground on Islandmore at the entrance to Ringhaddy Sound.  When the Lifeboat arrived on scene the casualty was stuck fast on an ebb tide and was unable to give any assistance. The 2 crew on the casualty made the boat secure and went ashore to await the following high tide.
   
4 March 2008 1142 - Coastguard requested launch to assist a 6.8m rigid inflatable with three persons aboard which had broken down close to Craigyouran Pt. The Lifeboat located the casualty and took it in tow back to Strangford Harbour.  The lifeboat returned to station.
   
8 March 2008 1010 - Coastguard requested launch to assist three people who had taken a 2m dinghy with only one oar and had got into difficulties close to Whiterock. Lifeboat arrived on scene and found the three casualties who had been in the water and had managed to scramble ashore on Rainey Island.  Lifeboat recovered the three people and took them back to Ballydorn Quay. Lifeboat then recovered the punt and returned it to the shore before returning to station.
   
9 March 2008 1058 - Coastguard requested launch to assist a 6.7m Rib with ten divers aboard.  Lifeboat launched and located casualty close to Ringburr Pt. A tow line was secured and the boat was towed back to Strangford Harbour before returning to station.
   
28 April 2008 1536 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist the owner of a Leisure 23 who had become trapped in the hatch. Lifeboat arrived on scene to find only the persons legs visible at the hatch and he was unable to move. Lifeboat crew had to cut 2 sections of the cabin away to allow the gentleman to be removed and taken to the shore. 
   
2 May 2008 1220 - Belfast Coastguard requested immediate launch to assist a 7m working Rhib which had capsized in Strangford Narrows.  Lifeboat launched but when arrived on scene a second work boat had already recovered the 4 crew and was taking them ashore.
   
4 May 2008 1851 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a yacht with four persons aboard which had become caught up in a lobster pot strap. Lifeboat located casualty, cut the rope which fouling the propeller and towed the boat to the Quoile Yacht Club.
   
11 May 2008 1921 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch after they had received a 999 call from a member of the public that a person was missing near Whiterock.  The Lifeboat launched but was returned to station before reaching the search area.
   
12 May 2008 1414 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch after the lighthouse keeper at St. Johns Pt. reported that a kayaker had left the area 3 hours previous and had not returned.  Lifeboat searched from Killard Pt. to St Johns Pt. until the coastguard discovered that the kayaker was in fact paddling his way to the Isle of Man.
   
31 May 2008 1426 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a dive boat with five persons aboard which had broken down close to Chapel Island in Strangford lough. Lifeboat launched, located casualty and towed it back to Strangford Harbour.
   
31 May 2008 1932 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a 14ft dory with two persons aboard which had broken down close to Bird Island in Strangford Lough. The Lifeboat launched, located casualty and towed it to Ringhaddy.
   
5 June 2008 1448 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch after they received a phone call from the mother of the 2 men that they were in difficulties close to Whiterock. Lifeboat launched and recovered 1 casualty from Rainey Island. The other casualty had made a repair to the engine of a small punt and had set off across Whiterock Bay and was located close to Trasnagh Island. He was taken aboard the Lifeboat and the punt was taken in tow to the pontoon at Strangford Lough Yacht Club where the police were waiting to interview the men about the punt.
   
7 June 2008 2021 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch to a yacht with three persons aboard which had run aground. Lifeboat launched and located casualty on the north side of Janes rock. Crew secured a tow and used a halyard to heel the boat over before towing the vessel into deep water. Casualty vessel continued its passage under its own power to Strangford Lough Yacht Club.
   
9 July 2008 2356 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch after they had received a call from the wife of the man on the Rhib, she had received a phone call from him stating that he was disorientated and unsure of his position in Strangford Lough. Lifeboat launched and located casualty close to Ballyhenry Point and escorted the boat back to Strangford Harbour.
   
11 July 2008

16:20 - Belfast Coastguard requested immediate launch after they had received a 999 call from a person who reported that a man had entered the water to recover a punt, which had drifted away from the shore. Whilst enroute to the scene Lifeboat crew were informed that the person had been recovered to the pontoon at the Quoile Yacht Club by 2 members of the public and they had started CPR on the casualty. When the Lifeboat came alongside the crew assisted with CPR until the ambulance arrived.  The ambulance crew then continued to work on the casualty for some time before transferring him into the Police helicopter.  He was then taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Lifeboat crew then recovered the casualty's boat back to the Quoile Yacht Club before returning to station.

   
15 July 2008 1123 - Belfast Coastguard requested immediate launch to assist a canoeist who had capsized and was unable to get back into the canoe and was being blown off shore at Cloughey Bay. Whilst en-route to the search area a Jet Ski had launched from the beach and recovered the casualty and took him back to the shore. Lifeboat arrived and recovered the canoe and took it back to the beach before returning to station.
   
24 August 2008 1050 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch to assist a capsized dinghy with two persons aboard close to Newtownards Sailing club at the north end of Strangford Lough. When the lifeboat arrived on scene they were informed that the crew had already made it ashore. The lifeboat returned to station.
   
31 August 2008

2113 - Belfast Coastguard requested launch after they received a 999 call from a person on a 17ft Dory with 5 persons aboard who reported that they had run out of fuel between Killough & St. Johnís PT.  Newcastle ALB was also launched to assist. After a search of the area the Portaferry lifeboat crew located the casualty close to the shore with their boat very close to the rocks.  The lifeboat took the casualty in tow to Ardglass Harbour escorted by Newcastle ALB who used their spot light to locate the many lobster pots in the area.

   
3 September 2008 1608 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch after they received a 999 call from a member of the public who reported finding a small tender drifting in Ringhaddy Sound, which they towed back to the shore.  The lifeboat searched from Pawle Island at the south end of the sound to Dunsy Island at the north but no evidence of anybody in trouble was found.  The returned to station.
19 October 2008 0949 - Whilst Lifeboat was out on exercise they received a call on vhf from a 7.5m Rhib, with 13 people onboard, which had lost engine power in Strangford Narrows & requesting assistance. Lifeboat was only 200m away at the time and was alongside in under a minute. Lifeboat took casualty vessel in tow back to Strangford harbour where they had launched earlier.
25 October 2008 Launch time: On Standby - Paged for immediate readiness by Belfast Coastguard after they had received a call from a member of the public who was concerned about a small tender with 2 persons onboard, which was out in severe weather in Ringhaddy Sound. Crew were stood down after it was confirmed that the 2 men had made it back to the shore safely a short time later.
2 November 2008 0646 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch to assist a 8m yacht which had run out of fuel 8 miles south east of Saint John's Point. The skipper had also broken his spectacles and was unable to hoist sails due to tangled rigging. Lifeboat crew located the yacht with the assistance of VHF/DF from Newcastle ALB, which had also launched to assist, and a flare fired from the Yacht. When Lifeboats arrived on scene Newcastle ALB took Yacht in tow to Ardglass Harbour. Lifeboats returned to station.
2 November 2008 1502 - Paged by Belfast Coastguard after they received a 999 call about a glider type object ditching in the sea off Ardglass. When lifeboat arrived in search area they discovered a large number of balloons tied together, which was confirmed by the first informant as the object they had seen. Lifeboat crew recovered the balloons and returned to station. Lifeboat returned to station.
9 December 2008 1713 - Belfast Coastguard requested a launch to assist a small boat with 2 persons onboard which had broken down approximately 2 miles south of Kircubbin. Lifeboat located casualty vessel 20 minutes after reaching the search area and towed it back to Ringhaddy sound where it had left earlier in the day. Lifeboat returned to station.
   
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