Portaferry RNLI Rescues Two Men From Drifting Motorboat

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The Portaferry Blue Peter 5 Atlantic 85 class rescue RIB in action. The Portaferry Blue Peter 5 Atlantic 85 class rescue RIB in action.[/caption] The call was received at 7.08pm and the volunteer lifeboat crew were on the water promptly at 7.13pm. The two men were in a 5-metre motor boat which had lost power and was drifting in the area known as the Strangford Narrows, a stretch of fast moving water which runs between the towns of Portaferry and Strangford and experiences extremely fast tidal flows. It was a clear evening with good visibility and calm seas, which allowed the RNLI volunteers to arrive on the scene in a matter of minutes. A line was then attached to the broken down motor vessel and the two men were towed a short distance to safety into Strangford.]]>