Published Sunday, 25 August 2013
The Blue Peter RNLI rescue crew (© RNLI)
Portaferry RNLI received the mayday call at 7.50pm on Saturday after a converted fishing trawler got into difficulty in Ringhaddy Sound, Strangford Lough.
The alarm was raised by the crew of a nearby yacht who reported two men and two women on board an 80 foot vessel which had lost all power and was taking on water.
The crew arrived shortly afterwards and the conditions were calm at the time.
A man and woman had already moved onto the yacht and the lifeboat crew asked for a pump to help remove the water on the trawler.
The converted trawler was then manoeuvred onto the pontoons at Ringhaddy by the rescue crew and with help from the yacht.
Brian Bailie, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portaferry RNLI, said: "We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone who helped bring this mayday call to a safe conclusion.
"The prompt actions of everyone involved resulted in a positive outcome and the volunteer RNLI crew for the second time in as many days helped to avert a potentially very serious situation."
The four people originally on board were put safely ashore.
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