A group of canoeists had to be rescued twice today after getting into difficulties in Strangford Lough.
A call was received at 4.50pm from the Coastguard requesting the RNLI boat from Portaferry go to the aid of the individuals – five in canoes and one in a small motor boat.
They were in difficulty just off Church Point in the lough. At the time, the weather was cloudy but with good visibility, and the sea was calm.
The RNLI boat was launched at 4.50pm and arrived five minutes later.
They discovered that the small motor boat had gone to help the three men and two women, who were sharing two canoes.
But having secured the two canoes, the motor boat then started to have engine problems itself.
With the five “rescuees” then on-board, it started to drift towards the SeaGen turbine situated in the middle of Narrows of Strangford Lough.
The RNLI crew intercepted them at the Scotsman Rocks South, just south of Strangford, County Down.
All were brought to Strangford Marina where they were put ashore.
It was the fourth time in 24 hours the Portaferry RNLI crew had been called out.