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Watch: Donaghadee RNLI start new year with rescue of pair in difficulty on jet ski

By Claire Williamson

Two people had a lucky rescue after a member of public raised the alarm when they got into difficulty on their jet ski in Ballyhalbert Bay.

Donaghadee RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew assisted two people to safety on Monday January 1.

The crew were paged at around 11.40am by Belfast Coastguard after reports from a member of the public in Ballyhalbert Bay that a jet ski with two people on board appeared to be in trouble.

The lifeboat crew proceeded to the reported location where two men were assisted onboard the lifeboat and their jet ski was taken under tow to Ballyharbert Harbour.

The RNLI said they were wearing "appropriate clothing" for the conditions where the sea was described as "rough".

Donaghadee RNLI Lifeboat operations manager Peter Irwin said: "Following the call for assistance we were able to locate the jet ski with two people onboard quickly in what was worsening conditions, thanks to the quick thinking of a member of the public alerting the Coastguard.

"We would remind anyone going to sea to carry a means of communication in case of emergency, and let someone know when they are due to be back. Thanks to our volunteer crew who gave up their New Years Day plans in response to the page."

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