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Reports of Belfast Lough Inflatable Boat Leaving But Not Coming Back at Midnight

14th June 2021
Hazlebank, Newtownabbey
Hazlebank, Newtownabbey

 Just before midnight on Thursday 10th June, Lagan Search and Rescue, along with Bangor Coastguard Rescue Team, Portmuck CRT, the Police Service and a PSNI spotter plane, were all called to Hazlebank, Newtownabbey.

Hazlebank Park lies on the northern shore of Belfast Lough about six miles east of Belfast city.

There were reports of a small inflatable dinghy without navigation lights heading out into Belfast Lough with two persons onboard.

Members of the public reported the inflatable leaving but not coming back. The teams quickly found a vessel close to the shore with an inflatable alongside. Contact was made with the people on board, and it was established that they were safe and well and that they owned the inflatable.

Safety advice was given and about the lack of lights on both vessels and with everyone accounted for the team stood down.

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