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Royal visitor names the new Strangford ferry vessel

By Adrian Rutherford

The Duke of Kent has helped launch the new Strangford ferry during a visit to Co Down.

The MV Strangford II vessel, operating between Strangford and Portaferry, was officially named by the duke during an on-board ceremony yesterday.

Ferry crew member John Nixon was presented with a commendation from the Royal Humane Society for his bravery and action for assisting in saving the life of a woman at Portavogie harbour in April 2016.

John recovered three people from the water and gave first aid support to a woman until the Ards Peninsula First Responders arrived and provided help.

The duke, who is visiting Northern Ireland for two days, also popped into Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry, which yesterday welcomed its 150,000th visitor.

Also on the Royal intinerary was a visit to Castle Ward, on the shores of Strangford Lough.

The VIP guest received a tour of the historic grounds, including the Temple Water which is currently being restored to its early 18th century glory.

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