Portaferry RNLI Deal With Spinning Dory In Strangford Lough

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Portaferry RNLI called out to the aid of a man thrown from motor boat in Strangford Lough.

A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were preparing for a training exercise when they received a call to go to the aid of a man who had been thrown from a small motor boat which was subsequently spinning out of control.

Portaferry RNLI managed to get a dory under control after it started spinning in circles and the owner had fallen into the water.

The call was received at 10.53am on Saturday 14th October and the volunteer crew were on the water and on their way to the casualty by 10.55am.

The RNLI volunteers were heading for a location roughly half a mile from Don O’Neill Island in Strangford Lough, County Down.

The Lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 11.00am where the weather was reported to be cloudy with fair visibility, a Force Three southerly wind and calm sea conditions.

On arrival, the volunteer crew learnt that the man had been thrown clear of the small dory when the craft had developed steering problems and started spinning in circles.

He had subsequently been taken on board another boat which had been at the scene at the time and was taken ashore by them.

With the help of other boats attending a regatta in the area at the time, the Portaferry RNLI crew eventually brought the spinning craft under control, after which they attached tow lines to the vessel and towed it back into Portaferry Marina.