Portaferry RNLI Rescues Four In Strangford Lough

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The Portaferry Lifeboat was called out early on the afternoon of Wednesday 28 June to rescue a group of four people who had become stranded on an island at the north end of Strangford Lough.

Portferry RNLI arrives at Rough Island to assist four people trapped by the tide.

The four, two women and two children had become stranded on Rough Island, a small island which lies just off Island Hill in Strangford Lough between Newtownards and Comber.

The island is accessible on foot at low tide via a concrete causeway connecting the mainland to the small island, however, the group had been cut off when the causeway became submerged due to the incoming tide.

The Coastguard request to launch was received at 4.34pm and the volunteer lifeboat crew were on the water at 4.40pm, arriving on scene at 5.06pm.

The weather at the time was partly cloudy with good visibility and calm seas.

The women and children were taken on board the lifeboat and transported the short distance to safety on shore.

Once the lifeboat crew were satisfied that the group were no longer in any danger, they departed the scene at 5.15pm to return to station ready for service.