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Eight rescued from boat

Eight people have been rescued from a sinking boat in Belfast Lough.

RNLI Bangor Lifeboat launched a rescue mission after receiving a distress call at approximately 3pm on Saturday, July 3.

Eight people were plucked from the 21ft motor boat “which was flooding and in danger of sinking”.

Belfast Coastguard received the initial report from a person onboard the vessel that water was entering the engine compartment and that they were in danger of sinking. The person gave their position as half a mile south of Blackhead Lighthouse which is on the northern shores of Belfast Lough.

Within minutes volunteers had launched the lifeboat and were proceeding towards Blackhead.

“Thankfully, the crew of a yacht which was sailing close by were able to pass over two wooden bungs to the crew of the stricken boat,” an RNLI spokesperson said.

“With bungs in place, the ingress of water was stemmed; the crew then used a container to bail out the water laden vessel.

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“All eight people were quickly transferred to the safety of RNLI Bangor Lifeboat when it arrived minutes later.”

The boat was eventually towed to Bangor Marina with no injuries on board.

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