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RNLI crew saves man caught out by Strangford Lough tide

By Joanne Fleming

The RNLI has rescued a man caught out by the tide at Strangford Lough.

A kayaker in the upper part of the lough on Monday afternoon raised the alarm after he saw a man waist deep in the water.

The lifeboat crew launched shortly before 2.30pm and found the casualty shortly afterwards on Watson Island on Ardmillan Bay.

The man, a wildfowler, had set off walking to the island earlier that morning when the tide had been out. It was when he was attempting to return to the mainland that he was spotted by the kayaker waist deep in the water. With the water getting deeper the man decided to return to the island for his own safety, where he was waiting when the lifeboat located him.

The Portaferry crew had to carefully manoeuvre in shallow water to get to the man and bring him on board the lifeboat. The casualty was cold and tired but didn't require any further medical attention.

Brian Baille, Portaferry RNLI lifeboat operations manager, commended the kayaker who had raised the alarm.

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