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Motor boat owner is rescued by Bangor lifeboat

By Joanne Savage

The Bangor lifeboat has rescued a man after his boat drifted towards rocks in Belfast Lough.

The 22ft privately-owned leisure motor boat was in danger after being blown into the area known as Mackerel Rocks outside Bangor Harbour after suffering engine failure.

Within minutes of their rescue-pagers being activated, the volunteer crew had launched the lifeboat and located the disabled boat.

The owner of the vessel had deployed an anchor when the mechanical failure first occurred. But due to the fresh on-shore breeze, it had dragged along the seabed.

With the vessel drifting ever closer to the shore, a tow line was quickly rigged and passed to the motor boat. The man was pulled aboard the lifeboat and taken to the safety of Bangor Marina.

RNLI helmsman Andrew Gredge led the rescue mission.

"When we in the RNLI get the call you never know what kind of situation you are heading out to," he said. "It turned out this situation was very dangerous.

"The man had done his best to save himself by dropping an anchor after the engine failed, but because of the extremely high winds he was blown onto a dangerous rocky area.

"Accidents such as this occur maybe 50 times a year at an estimate.

"There is no feeling like it when you know you have helped bring someone from danger to safety."

Helmsman Andrew Gredge warned those planning a summer sail to always to make sure their electrical systems and engine are well maintained and in working order.

"A good anchor and heavy ground chain should always be carried as part of essential safety equipment," he added.

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