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RNLI take kayakers to safety

By Angela Rainey

Two camping kayakers have been rescued by a lifeboat crew after being stranded on a island off the Co Down coast at Mount Stewart.

Portaferry RNLI was scrambled at 12.40pm yesterday after walkers spotted the men on Boretree Island using flags to signal for help.

They got into trouble when the kayak they used to paddle to the island drifted in the tide, leaving them stranded.

Luckily, the weather at the time was good, with just a slight wind making for calm conditions.

The volunteer lifeboat crew rescued the men, taking them to safety at Newtownards Sailing Club.

Brian Bailie, lifeboat operations manager for the Portaferry RNLI Station, said: "We are delighted to once again have been able to provide assistance to members of the public who found themselves in trouble at sea.

"With its fast-flowing currents and tides, Strangford Lough can at times catch out even the most experienced.

"The lough has for a long time, and will for the foreseeable future, be a real draw for water enthusiasts and we at Portaferry RNLI are always ready to provide assistance when required."

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