Three people have had a lucky escape after their boat ended up on the rocks on the northern shore of Belfast Lough.
Bangor lifeboat’s volunteer crew raced to the scene at Black Head after reports that a 17ft speedboat had suffered engine failure.
Within minutes of their rescue pagers being activated at lunchtime yesterday, the volunteer crews had launched the Bangor lifeboat and were proceeding at full speed towards the stricken vessel.
Upon arrival the crew found that the boat had beached on rocks beneath the lighthouse and the three occupants had scrambled safely ashore.
“It was a very lucky escape for those onboard,” said a spokesman for the lifeboat crew.
With weather conditions deteriorating, the lifeboat crew was able to get a tow-line aboard the grounded speedboat and towed it to safety.
As they left the harbour to return to Bangor, the crew noticed that another 15ft speedboat with four people onboard was in difficulty. A tow-line was rigged and the boat was taken to the safety of Whitehead Harbour.
RNLI volunteer helmsman Ewan Scott said: “We're happy that everyone onboard both vessels are now safely ashore.”