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Eight Rescued From Speedboat

1st April 2012
Eight Rescued From Speedboat

Bangor lifeboat crew received a request from Belfast Coastguard to launch on Saturday afternoon and rescue eight people onboard a 21ft speed boat which had struck rocks close to the seaside town of Millisle.

Within minutes of the rescue pagers being activated, volunteer crew had assembled and launched RNLI Bangor Lifeboat.

Relatively calm sea conditions allowed for the Lifeboat to proceed at full speed to the stricken vessel.

Upon arrival, lifeboat crew spotted a young man standing on an isolated outcrop of rocks far from the stranded vessel. With tides rising, the young man was plucked to safety by Lifeboat crew.

Once the young man was safely onboard the Lifeboat crew turned their attention to the rescuing the 7 people onboard the stranded speed boat. Because of the shallow water and rocky seabed a volunteer RNLI crew member swam to the stranded speed boat with a tow rope.

The lifeboat towed the speedboat to deeper water and then back to the safety of Millisle slipway.

RNLI senior helmsman Kyle Marshal who was involved in this rescue said 'Engine failure so close to shore could lead to a life threatening situation. We always urge everyone going to sea to make sure their electrical systems and engine are well maintained and in good working order. A good chain and anchor should always be carried as part of essential safety equipment'. He added 'We are glad that these people are now safely ashore'.

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