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Lifeboat rescues fishermen as vessel is hit by engine trouble

By David Young

Published 19/02/2016

The volunteer RNLI crew arrived on the scene at 7.10pm
The volunteer RNLI crew arrived on the scene at 7.10pm

The Portaferry lifeboat was launched last night to rescue two men on board a 36ft angling boat that was experiencing engine problems several miles off the Co Down coast.

The two crew on the stricken vessel had been en route to Carrickfergus Marina when their boat started to lose power and they contacted the emergency services. The volunteer RNLI crew arrived at 7.10pm, attached a line, and towed the vessel back to Strangford Marina in Strangford Lough in clear conditions.

Brian Bailie, lifeboat operations manager for the Portaferry RNLI Station, said: "Once again it has been a great outcome and testament to the hard work and training the RNLI volunteers put in to answer calls for help at sea.

"The two men on board the casualty boat took the right decision to call for assistance before their situation could become potentially more serious."

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