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For a relatively small club, Antrim Boat Club certainly achieved its aim of introducing to sailing and other water sports, many people who had never experienced the sport before – 150.

Antrim Boat Club lies on the northeast shore of Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the UK and Ireland. It is home to Atlantic Challenge NI, a youth organisation that welcomes people from all corners of Northern Ireland. The Club is keen to hold water sporting events and works collaboratively with any group, club, or association to promote water sports activities on Lough Neagh.

The Club's Open Day, says Treasurer and Social Convenor, Therese Toal, was a great success. "Our membership is 140 with applications awaiting approval. We had about 150 visitors and we expect more new members from among them".

The only item that had to be cancelled on the very windy day was the children's Bouncy Castle! But there were ample water activities to interest the many visitors. Attending were Lough Neagh Rescue, Outdoor N I, PGM Training, HM Coastguard, K9 Search and Rescue, Atlantic Challenge NI and the Drascombe Society and on offer was the opportunity to try sailing, kayaking, cruising and paddleboarding. Of particular interest was the Open Water swimming with the Antrim Chilli Dippers.

Various groups including search and rescue agencies attended the ABC Open DayVarious groups including search and rescue agencies attended the ABC Open Day

The success of this Open Day bodes well for the Club as they plan to hold another at the end of September. The dates will be posted on the club Facebook page here

Yesterday (23rd July) Lough Neagh lifeboats were paged in the mid-afternoon by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a Personal Locator Beacon being activated. Lifeboats launched quickly and a search area within the Antrim Bay at the north end of the Lough was identified.

After a short search together with PSNI Helicopter P44 and a local training vessel, a 20ft sailing boat was spotted capsized with two people on board.

The casualty vessel was retrieved and taken back to its mooring on Lough NeaghThe casualty vessel was retrieved and taken back to its mooring on Lough Neagh

Both individuals were pulled from the water into the lifeboats where they were given medical treatment. They were brought ashore for further treatment by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Afterwards, the casualty vessel was retrieved and taken back to its mooring.

Ardboe Point south of Ballyronan on the west side of Lough Neagh was the Lough Neagh Rescue team's call on Friday (2nd July).

A speed boat had broken down about two miles off the Point with five people on board, but as the skipper was able to provide a Lat and Long position it was easier to locate the vessel as the visibility was very poor.

Lifeboats arrived alongside the boat and made sure there were no casualties before towing it to Kinnego Marina at Oxford Island on the south shore of the Lough.

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Shortly before 9 am yesterday, HM Coastguard received a call from a concerned member of the public who had seen a submerged speed boat with potential casualties in the water in Castor Bay in the south east corner of Lough Neagh.

Lifeboats from Lough Neagh Rescue – a voluntary search and rescue organisation based on the shores of Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, quickly made way to the area and found the vessel close to the shore but it had taken on water. On initial search, no casualties appeared to be in the water. The crew moored the lifeboat at a nearby fishing quay and searched the shoreline, where they found parts of the boat with a few other items, including life jackets.

The speed boat was towed to the local fishing quayThe speed boat was towed to the local fishing quay

Further information came from the Coastguard that the occupants of the boat had run aground last night and notified the PSNI but did not contact the Coastguard.

The speed boat was towed to the local fishing quay. Lough Neagh Rescue advises, "If you are out on the water and something like this happens and you don't require emergency assistance make sure and notify the Coastguard".

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Come summer and Lough Neagh Rescue is busy on Northern Ireland waters.

The lifeboat was paged yesterday evening (Saturday 26th June) to a 30ft-cruiser with ten people aboard, six adults and four children, which had broken down near Rams Island.

The mile-long Ram's Island lies about one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the eastern shore of Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake by area in the British Isles at 392 square kilometres.

Lifeboats quickly launched and proceeded to the area where it came across the boat lying west of Rams Island.

Everyone was safe onboard, so a towline was set up and tow commenced to the 60 berth Sandy Bay marina, just opposite the island, where the boat was safely tied up along the jetty.

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In the early evening of last Sunday (20th June) Lough Neagh rescue was tasked to a broken down motorboat with two children, three adults and a dog on board. The vessel had been making its way from Battery Harbour on the west shore of the Lough to Gawley's Gate in the southeast corner.

Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake by area in the British Isles at 392 square kilometres.

The Lifeboats launched and searched the broken-down boat in rough conditions and large swells. It had drifted quite a few miles off course. Once located, a crew member went aboard to check on the casualties and transferred one adult onto the lifeboat to be brought to shore.

The other lifeboat rigged a tow and brought the vessel to Maghery in the southwest corner as this was the safest option due to the wind direction and large swells. It was handed over to the awaiting Coastguard team.

Lough Neagh Rescue is a voluntary search and rescue organisation based on the shores of Lough Neagh.

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Lough Neagh Rescue was paged on the 9th April to the aid of a lone yachtsman whose vessel had engine difficulties just outside Kinnego Bay on the southern shore of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.

On scene, the lifeboats found the solo sailor safe and well and he was able to continue in his boat for a short time under its own power. He was escorted into Kinnego Bay but a tow was needed when the vessel lost power again at the entrance of the Marina, the largest on the Lough.

The vessel was brought safely to the jetty and moored before the lifeboats were stood down and returned to base.

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Lough Neagh Rescue was called last Friday evening to a 24ft cruiser that had lost power.

The vessel was located about 1.5 nautical miles to the east of Ballyronan on the west side of Lough Neagh.

Lifeboats were launched and located the vessel with two people on both of whom were safe and well. A towline was secured, and the vessel towed into Ballyronan Marina, where it was safely moored to the jetty.

The lifeboats returned to base, were cleaned, refuelled and are ready for the next tasking.

Lough Neagh Rescue is a Limited Company and a registered Charity. It is made up of 60 highly trained volunteers, four lifeboats, two vans and an off-road jeep, operating on the largest lake by area in the British Isles with a surface area of 151 square miles.

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has agreed funding of £66,000 for tourism projects by the Lough Neagh Partnership over the next three years, as the News Letter reports.

Current projects at the north end of Lough Neagh include a new sculpture, interpretive display and improvement works at The Gateway centre in Antrim, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

And recently a new boardwalk and path were completed at the adjacent Lough Shore Park, where the Six Mile Water meets the lough.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery, said: “Lough Neagh is one of the greatest tourism assets, not only for our borough but across Northern Ireland.”

The News Letter has more on the story HERE.

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Yesterday (Sunday 18th) Lough Neagh Rescue came to the aid of a Bayliner speedboat with one person and a dog on board in the vicinity of Rams Island on the Lough. The vessel was experiencing engine difficulties.

Rams Island is about one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide and is the largest island on Lough Neagh. It lies approximately one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the eastern shore.

Lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area, quickly locating the Bayliner on the west of the island. When they arrived one crew member boarded the casualty vessel, a tow line was prepared and the lifeboat towed the vessel safely to the 60 berth Sandy Bay marina, just opposite the island. When the vessel was moored the Lifeboats were stood down, returned to base and prepared for the next tasking.

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