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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1 Mar 2010 @13:28 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after receiving a report that 4 persons and a dog were stranded by the rising tide on Rough Island, Strangford Lough. Lifeboat crew located the walkers on the island and transferred them back to safety on shore. Lifeboat returned to station.
1 Apr 2010 @ 16:14 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after receiving a report of a yacht aground on the Long Sheelah Pladdy in Strangford Lough. When lifeboat arrived on scene the yacht was well aground on the ebb tide so no immediate assistance to refloat the vessel could be given by the crew. After ensuring that there was no danger to life and that the vessel was secured the lifeboat returned to station. (The following day the yacht was refloated with the assistance of a local fishing vessel.)
6 May 2010 @ 18:19 Belfast Coastguard requested launch of the lifeboat after receiving a report of a motor boat off the Strangford Bar whose engine had stopped after overheating. Whilst the lifeboat was on passage to the casualty's reported position the lifeboat crew observed that the casualty vessel was now underway in the 'Narrowws'. Casualty was escorted by the lifeboat to safety at Strangford harbour. Lifeboat returned to station.
9 May 2010 @ 16:31 Request from Belfast Coastguard to launch after a 999 call received reporting a 'Microlite' disappearing behind an island near Ringhaddy and thought to have crash-landed into the water. Lifeboat launched and searches made in the area. Helicopter searches also carried out. During the on-going search a vessel reported seeing a Microlite in the area that had dived close to the water and then risen again in the direction of Killyleagh. Nothing found by those searching on the land, sea and in the air. Search called off by HM Coastguard and the lifeboat returned to station.
17 May 2010 @ 13:58 Belfast Coastguard advised that a 999 call had been received reporting a small boat in difficulties off Guns Island. Lifeboat launched and located the vessel. Occupants advised lifeboat crew that they had been able to restart their engine and did not require any further assistance. Lifeboat returned to station.
23 May 2010 @ 19:22 Belfast Coastguard advised that a 999 call had been received advising that 3 young boys had been cut off by the tide on Guns Island. Lifeboat launched and on arrival the crew discovered that one boy had swam safely ashore. Two boys were taken on board the lifeboat and taken to safety ashore. Lifeboat returned to station.
25 May 2010 @ 19:44 Belfast Coastguard received a 999 call from a canoeist who had become separated from his canoe at the northern end of Strangford Lough. Lifeboat launched and crew located the canoeist on Rainey Island. After taking the canoeist on board the lifeboat the crew searched for the missing canoe. Canoe found afloat close to Sketrick Island. Canoeist taken to safety at Whiterock. Lifeboat returned to station.
3 June 2010 @ 17:11 Belfast Coastguard reported that a VHF call was intercepted by Liverpool Coastguard from the vessel Invincible reporting that it had broken down South of Guns Island. Lifeboat launched. Whilst on passage another vessel offered assistance and towed the casualty into Ardglass Harbour. Lifeboat returned to station
9 June 2010 @ 10:59 Belfast Coastguard reported a tender adrift in Strangford Narrows off the lifeboat station. During crew assembly the tender was recovered by a member of the public & crew were stood down.
12 Jun 2010 @ 11:44 Lifeboat crew were ending an exercise and overheard radio transmissions between Belfast Coastguard and another vessel regarding a capsized Laser 2000 off Newtownards Sailing Club. The lifeboat helmsman contacted Belfast Coastguard who requested their assistance. Lifeboat arrived off Newtownards Sailing Club when several casualties had been taken ashore and were being attended to by ambulance crews. Lifeboat crew recovered the Laser 2000 before returning to station.
15 Jun 2010 @ 22:49 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a cabin cruiser that had broken down due to engine over heating. Lifeboat crew located the vessel between Marlfield Bay & Don O'Neill Island and towed back to safety in Ringhaddy Sound. Lifeboat returned to station.
20 Jun 2010 @ 19:00 Belfast Coastguard received 999 call reporting a small rubber dinghy in the Strangford Narrows struggling against the tide and possibly in difficulties. Lifeboat arrived on scene when the inflatable was close to the shore and the occupants did not require any assistance. Lifeboat stood by dinghy until safely ashore and then returned to station.
26 Jun 2010 @ 18:17 Belfast Coastguard requested launch to assist a yacht whose propeller had got caught up in lobster pot ropes. Lifeboat located casualty vessel off Guns Island and towed it to safety in Ardglass marina. Lifeboat returned to station.
27 Jun 2010 @ 21:15 Belfast Coastguard requested launch and advised they had intercepted radio communications between 3 yachts discussing assistance of one that had grounded. A yacht had struck a rock close to the entrance of Strangford Lough but had refloated off again on a swell & was calling for help after sustaining some damage including the loss of engine power. Lifeboat launched and located casualty vessel & took over the tow from one of the yachts. Casualty towed back to safety at the pontoon at Ringhaddy Sound. After securing the yacht, the L/B crew recovered the casualty's tender from its moorings, returning it back to the pontoon. At this point the vessel's owner made the crew aware that he was feeling faint and he was a diabetic. The lifeboat crew gave medical assistance and owner stabilised and returned home with the assistance of his own crew members. Lifeboat returned to station.
4 July 2010 @ 12:25 LOM received a phone call from a member of the public informing him that a 8M RhIB had broken down just north of the station, in Ballyhenry Bay. Lifeboat on exercise & LOM radioed the L/B informing crew of the situation. Lifeboat was on scene within a few minutes and towed the vessel to safety at the marina in Portaferry. Whilst the lifeboat was returning to Portaferry the Portaferry Lifeboat LOM was advised by a crew member that 3 men were intending to swim the 'Narrows' between Strangford village & Portaferry (approx 0.5 miles). LOM discussed information with the watch manager at Belfast Coastguard & it was agreed to send the Lifeboat to Strangford village to discourage participants from making the crossing. Despite discussions to abort the crossing and having no rescue cover to support the swimmers; they set off & the LOM instructed the L/B crew to shadow the swimmers in case any got into difficulties. The LOM also advised the master of 'The Strangford Ferry' of the situation. Fortunately strong winds assisted their crossing to Portaferry where a Coastguard team were waiting to speak with them.
12 July 2010 @ 20:30 Launch requested by Belfast Coastguard after they had received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that a motor boat was aground on Skart Rock Pladdy. Lifeboat located casualty vessel with 4 POB and hard aground. The owner of the vessel confirmed that everybody was safe and happy to remain on the vessel as the next rising tide was due to start within the next hour. Vessel refloated and lifeboat returned to station.
15 July 2010 @ 09:26 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after they received a 999 call from a member of the public who reported that a sea kayaker might be in difficulties while crossing the 'Barr' at the entrance to Strangford Lough. Lifeboat launched, but whilst enroute they were stood down as the kayaker had contacted the Coastguard to confirm his safe passage across the Narrows. Lifeboat returned to station.
12 Aug 2010 @ 09:45 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after they had received a 999 call reporting a broken down vessel north of the Barr Buoy at the entrance to Strangford Lough. Lifeboat located the casualty vessel and towed it back to the marina in Portaferry. Lifeboat returned to station
14 Aug 2010 @ 23:08 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after they received information from the master of the Strangford Ferry who reported that a man who appeared unsteady on his feet had got into a canoe and was heading down the Narrows towards the Irish sea. Lifeboat searched from Strangford village to Killard Point & from Ballyquinton Point to Portaferry without result. Coastguard team searched the shoreline also without result. As there had been no reports of anyone missing/overdue, Lifeboat & search teams stood down and lifeboat returned to station.
23 Aug 2010 @ 09:32 Belfast Coastguard requested launch after receipt of information from the harbour master at Ardglass reporting that a 16ft boat had broken down at the entrance to the harbour. While proceeding to Ardglass, Belfast Coastguard informed the lifeboat crew that a local fishing boat had towed the casualty vessel into the harbour and lifeboat returned to Station.
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