Portaferry RNLI has come to the rescue of five people whose boats had lost power whilst they were onboard – on the same day.
The first call was received at 2.55pm on Friday when two men and a child aboard a five-metre Shetland open top fishing vessel lost power.
The stricken vessel ran onto rocks near the entrance to Ardglass Harbour in Co Down.
Volunteer crew from the RNLI arrived on the scene at 3.20pm where they found the trio had managed to climb onto the rocks to safety where they were met by a member of the Coastguard.
However, the lifeboat crew could do nothing to salvage the quickly sinking boat. But they remained at the scene until the two men and child had been taken to safety.
The second call of the day – at 9pm – came from a man and a teenager whose 27ft yacht had lost engine power.
The yacht was discovered adrift close to the Fairway Buoy at the entrance to Strangford Lough, Co Down.
The volunteer crew arrived at the scene at 9.55pm, attached a line to the yacht and then proceeded to tow it nearly five miles to safety at Portaferry marina.
By 11.20pm the yacht was securely moored in the marina and the two people on board were safely taken ashore.