Family rescued from lough after yacht strikes rocks


A family of four were rescued yesterday from a stranded yacht in Co Down.

The vessel had crashed into some rocks in Strangford Lough.

It was stuck there until an inshore Portaferry RNLI lifeboat was launched to rescue the family, which included two children.

The lifeboat was called at 10.40am and it reached the scene in precisely 14 minutes from that call. The RNLI said that the lifeboat left at 10.47am and reached the location at 10.54am.

The rescue party’s task was made more difficult as weather conditions included fog which caused poor visibility.

An RNLI statement said that the conditions also included “a force two southerly breeze” and calm seas”.

A local boat, the Cuan Rib had also reached the location, just off Dogtail Point in the lough, to provide aid to the rescue mission.

The yacht and its passengers were pulled out clear of the rocks. The volunteer RNLI crew then inspected the yacht for damage at the scene before escorting the vessel to Portaferry marina.