Crews rescue 23 canoeists in Co Down

Crews rescue 23 canoeists in Co Down

Twenty-three canoeists have been rescued after getting into difficulty at Strangford Lough in Co Down on Saturday afternoon.

Six of the group had ended up in the water just off Castle Island when the call for help was received by Portaferry RNLI at about 2.40pm.The volunteer lifeboat crew recovered two of the canoeists after arriving on the scene, while a small motor boat which had also come to their aid took the other four on board.The casualties were transferred back to land and put into the care of the coastguard.Crews then returned to the scene of the incident and helped bring the remaining 17 members of the canoe party back to the safety of Strangford Lough Yacht Club.Brian Bailie, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Portaferry RNLI said: "Thankfully everyone was brought safely to shore and it is testament to the training and dedication of the volunteer RNLI crew that a potentially tragic situation was averted. "Strangford Lough is an extremely popular location for groups of canoeists and it is vital that they take all necessary precautions when taking to the water."

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