Portaferry RNLI Aids Eight Yachters in Strangford Lough


Portaferry RNLI was launched this evening (Wednesday 26 June) to the aid of eight people on board a nine metre sailing yacht that had run aground.

[caption id="attachment_38072" align="alignright" width="270"]Portaferry RNLI  launched  to assist right yachters in Strangford Lough. Portaferry RNLI launched to assist eight yachters in Strangford Lough.[/caption]

Weather at the time was good, partly cloudy, with good visibility and light winds.

In a quick callout response, the volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 9.05pm and were alongside the yacht at 9.15pm just off Gibb’s Island on the Quoile River, Strangford Lough.

The yacht had been refloated by the time the volunteer RNLI crew arrived at the scene.

The lifeboat crew then escorted the eight people on board the yacht back to Killyleagh Yacht Club in Strangford Lough, and returned once the yacht had been safely moored at the Yacht Club pontoons.