Strangford MP Jim Shannon has called for the general public to be vigilant before they go to sea.
He said: “Following last week end’s rescue off Killyleagh where two men were brought to safety by other members of the public who heard their frantic calls for help, people need to be careful around Strangford Lough.
“As the good weather comes in and people rush to areas such as the Lough, people need to be careful on boats and in the water making sure that safety is paramount and all checks should be done on boats before one sails out to sea.
“The waters are cold and the tide is strong and one mistake could prove fatal. Be careful and make people aware ahead of time that you are going to be going out on the lough, wear a life jacket and maintain phone contact.
“Enjoy the sea and the great fun it has to offer but always be sure to take extra care and caution.”