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Kayaking scouts are rescued from freezing waters of Strangford Lough

Seven scouts had to be rescued from the freezing waters of Strangford Lough after their kayaks were capsized by a freak wave.

RNLI lifeboat crews from Bangor and Portaferry joined forces with the Bangor Coastguard crew to carry out a large scale rescue after the group of 14 got into difficulty off Killyleagh on Saturday.

The alert was raised by a member of the public just before noon after the group of scouts was swamped by a large wave.

Judith McNeice from Bangor Coastguard said: "The vessels and the Coastguard teams arrived at the scene and they plucked seven people out of the water and assisted the others out of the party of 14 safely ashore.

"We would just say to people to please check the forecast before heading out."

Portaferry RNLI said the kayakers were wearing flotation devices and helmets.

The crew immediately recovered the kayakers.

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The remaining group had tied their kayaks together. The group was made up of three adults and 11 teenagers.

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