Coastguard launch after 2 people on inflatables blown into shipping lane in Belfast Lough
A rescue operation was mounted on Tuesday evening, July 19, after two people on inflatables were blown off shore into the shipping lane in Belfast Lough.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed the alarm was raised around 8.50pm, when it was reported that two people had drifted away from shore in the area of Hazelbank Park, County Antrim.
HM Coastguard tasked Portmuck Coastguard Rescue Team and Lagan Search and Rescue to the scene. Both people were brought safely ashore and safety advice was given about the dangers surrounding the use of inflatable crafts during off-shore winds and currents.
A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Larne commented:
“Yesterday our flank team Portmuck Coastguard was tasked to an incident - a reminder that inflatables are best kept for their intended use in the pool.
“Off shore winds, currents and tides can take your inflatable in a direction you don't intend it to go.
“If you see someone in trouble or have concerns for a person's safety or welfare dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”