Five stranded on island are rescued by NI lifeboat crew
A lifeboat crew from Northern Ireland has rescued five people - including two children - stranded on an island off the Co Down coast.
Donaghadee RNLI volunteers launched their lifeboat on Wednesday evening after receiving a request from the UK Coastguard to assist three adults and two children who had become stranded on the Copeland Islands off the coast at Donaghadee.
They had arrived at the islands on a jet ski. However when their jet ski began to have mechanical issues they used a mobile phone to raise the alarm.
Crew were alerted around 7pm and set out to Chapel Bay on Big Copeland Island.
An inflatable boat was launched to go on shore and bring the casualties on board the lifeboat, which towed them back to shore at Donaghadee Harbour.
Crew member Philip McNamara commented yesterday: "I feel we got to the casualties just in time.
"They were starting to feel the cold after spending quite some time in the sunshine."