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RNLI rescues four people from island in Strangford Lough

By Sue Doherty

Two women and two children who had walked out to a small island near Newtownards had to be rescued on Wednesday after the rising tide left them stranded.

Portaferry RNLI responded to the alert at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, when the four could not make their way back to safety from Rough Island.

The little island is located just off Island Hill in the northern part of Strangford Lough, between Newtownards and Comber, Co Down.

The island is accessible on foot at low tide via a concrete causeway connecting the mainland to the small island, however the group had been cut off when the causeway became submerged due to the incoming tide.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were on the water at 4.40pm, arriving on scene at 5.06pm, a spokesperson for RNLI Portaferry said.

The weather at the time was partly cloudy with good visibility and calm seas.

The women and children were taken on board the lifeboat and transported the short distance to safety on shore.

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