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Two River Rescues as well as two Lough Incidents Keep Lough Neagh Rescue in June

17th June 2022
Lough Neagh Rescue
Lough Neagh Rescue

On Sunday 5th June lifeboats went to the aid of a jet ski with two people on board in difficulties on the River Blackwater which flows into the south western corner of Lough Neagh. It was towed to Maghery where the casualties were handed over to the Coastguard team.

And on the same day the Lifeboats were tasked by Belfast Coastguard to attend a vessel with five people on board that had broken down on its way from Ardboe on the western shore of the Lough to Sandy Bay Marina on the east. By the time the Lifeboats attended the scene the casualty vessel had managed to start the engines and were able to make their own way back to Sandy Bay, escorted by the Lifeboats.

On Thursday 9th there was another call out to a vessel with two on board which had broken down near Kinnego Bay in the south of the Lough and it was towed back to the Marina

And on 11th June, the lifeboats and shore crew were tasked to search for a vessel that had lost steering on the River Bann. But as information was limited both the Upper and Lower River Bann (which flow into both the North and South ends of the Lough) were searched.

The casualty vessel with two on board was located on the Lower Bann and after a side tow was secured, the vessel was brought to the jetty at the lock gate where it was inspected for damage and the steering problem was resolved. With steering and propulsion checked a crew member remained onboard the casualty vessel whist the lifeboat escorted it from the River Bann to its mooring in Ballyronan marina.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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