Five rescued from Lough Neagh

Published Sunday, 24 August 2014
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Five people were rescued in a search operation on Lough Neagh in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Five rescued from Lough Neagh
The men were found safe and well. (© RNLI)

The men got into difficulty on the lough just after 4am.

They became disorientated and lost track of their exact position, forcing them to contact the emergency services.

Lifeboats from Ardboe and Kinnego were launched and the PSNI's helicopter was scrambled to the area to help with the search operation.

The boat was located a short time after the initial call and responders were able to escort the vessel to shore.

Laurence Cumming from the Coastguard said: "Conditions, thankfully, were very good. There were good clear skies and good visibility.

"The persons on board were all safe and well, they were all in communication with us throughout via mobile phone and were reporting their condition on a regular basis.

"We would request that persons taking to the water, in a night passage particularly, to pay attention to navigation and their ability to navigate in the early hours of the morning."

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Joe B in Bangor wrote (96 days ago):
ILB is B833 Blue Peter based at Portaferry,
Big G in The East wrote (96 days ago):
How much did these clowns cost us the tax payer 2 rescue boats and a police helicopter , they should have to pay the costs of there little night time jolly
Mark in Ards wrote (96 days ago):
Why is this picture of a RNLI boat. The rescue boats on lough neagh arent run by the RNLI. They are an independent organisation.
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