HM Coastguard paged LNR at 22:05 to a 40ft racing vessel with 2 persons on board that was drifting without power around Blackards Rock with no anchor or navigation lights. As Ardboe and Kinnego Lifeboats launched Coastguard informed them that the casualty vessel had regained engine power and made its way back to the Battery Harbour. Both Lifeboats then returned to base.
HM Coastguard paged Antrim Bay Lifeboat at 19:23 to a distressed women in the water around the front of Antrim Boat Club. Antrim Lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene to find a male and female in the water. The male had swam out with a life ring to help keep the female casualties head above the water. Both were brought on board the lifeboat and brought to Antrim Marina were they were met by an ambulance. Boat back on station at 20:17.
At 19:24 HM Coastguard tasked LNR to a yacht with 5 persons on board that has run aground in Antrim Bay. All three lifeboats where launched. Upon arrival it was discovered that there were 2 yachts which had got into difficulty. Antrim Lifeboat was first on the scene and secured the first yacht before Ardboe & Kinnego Lifeboats then arrived.
The second yacht was forced aground at the entrance of the Sxmilewater river. A tow line was established and the second yacht was pulled off the rocks and was then assisted by Ardboe & Kinnego lifeboats back into Antrim Harbour.
All casualties and vessels where safely back in harbour.
All lifeboats returned to base.
HM Coastguard tasked LNR at 20:56 to assist a broken down Fletcher speedboat with 2 persons on boat in the Gawleys Gate area. Information then came through that the boat was closer to Rams Island and had run aground onto rocks. Both Kinnego and Ardboe Lifeboats arrived on scene and located the casualty vessel close to the shore at Lignaboy point. It was then decided to carry out a lee shore rescue where Kinnego Lifeboat was attached to Ardboe lifeboat via towline to head towards the casualty vessel. Crew entered the water and made way to the casualty vessel.
Attempts where made to free the vessel off the rocks but where unsuccessful. The decision was made to bring the 2 Casualties on board the Kinnego Lifeboat and bring them to Gawleys Gate where they were handed over into the care of the Lough Neagh Coast Guard team.
Both casualties where give the all clear medically and the lifeboats subsequently recovered the speedboat off the rocks.
LNR were tasked by Coastguard at 14:27 to a Bayliner Speedboat reported lost around the Castlebay area near Coney Island with 2 persons onboard. Ardboe lifeboat launched and found the lost vessel. After confirming crew and vessel where ok, they where escorted back towards Kinnego Bay. They were met by Kinnego lifeboat who took over escorting them back into Kinnego Marina.
HM Coastguard tasked LNR at 19:55 to a broken down Bayliner 26ft boat with 2 persons on board between Rams Island & Gawleys Gate. Ardboe lifeboat launched and proceeded to that area and with no sign of vessel, continued to search south and found the vessel at Bartins Bay. All vessel crew was fine so proceeded to set up a tow back to Kinnego Marina. On route we RV’d with Kinnego Lifeboat who took over tow back to Kinnego Marina and handed vessel crew over to the care of our local coastguard team.
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Both Ardboe & Kinnego lifeboats were tasked by Coastguard at 20:30 to a 30 ft vessel run aground at Tolans sound with 6 persons on board. Both lifeboats were quickly on scene in deteriorating conditions as strong winds were building. On Scene all casualty’s were on Tolans island but vessel was taken a battering. Both lifeboats decided to try and free the casualty’s vessel and with great success we managed to free the vessel to safe waters. It was then towed back to Kinnego marina to safe docking with all 6 casualty’s safely ashore also.
Both lifeboats then returned to base.
LNR were delighted to have taken part in NIFRS exercise ‘water babies’ on Sunday 19th June at Kinnego Marina & Oxford Island. This was an ideal opportunity to refresh and test our skills alongside the other emergency services and agencies. We benefited greatly as the exercise was well organised and very realistic in its detail and we have taken away a lot of positive points from it. Our crew thoroughly enjoyed it, we had crew in various roles, we had crew as live casualties, crew on lifeboats who were directly involved in the exercise (being tested alongside the other emergency services) and we had crew providing safety cover for those in and around the water. The day was a great insight as to how professional all the emergency services are and we look forward to training alongside them again in the near future.
Antrim Lifeboat was tasked by Coastguard at 18:04 to a 14ft speed boat run aground at Shane’s castle with 4 persons on board. Antrim Lifeboat launched and was met by the casualty vessel at the mouth of the 6 mile. They where able to get their engine going again. Help was given to recover their boat and safety advice given.
HM Coastguard tasked LNR at 21:40 to a motor vessel that had broken down North of Rams Island. Both Lifeboats where launched. Kinnego Lifeboat then located the vessel with 1 person on-board and commenced a tow to Sandy Bay Marina where the casualty was hand over to the Shore Coast Guard Team. Both lifeboats then returned to base.
Coastguard tasked both Ardboe & Kinnego lifeboats at 15.25 to a vessel with 11 persons on board which had lost its steering between Coney Island & Bann foot. Both boats arrived quickly on scene and it became apparent that a few of the causalities needed to be got of the boat and brought quickly to shore to lighten the boat load and allow more space for the remaining causalities to be towed back safely.
In such hot conditions the lifeboats were able to supply plenty of refreshments to keep the casualties cool & hydrated for the tow back to Kinnego Marina.
Both lifeboats back in base for 17.30.
LNR would like to thank everyone who donated money and supported us on our flag day held in Coalisland on Saturday 7th May. Total raised was £2,360.
Many thanks to all for their generosity.
Sunday 15th May at 15:49 – HM Coast Guard tasked LNR to a vessel in distress at Hog Park Point (East Lough Neagh). Kinnego Lifeboat was quickly on scene, checked the crew and safety secured the vessel and towed back to Kinnego Marina.
Friday 13th May at 15:07 – HM Coast Guard tasked LNR to a 30ft cruiser that had run aground in the vicinity of Upper Bann Foot. Both Ardboe and Kinnego Lifeboats along with Kinnego Tango Coast Guard Shore Team arrived on scene. Kinnego Tango deployed a inflatable dingy which assisted LNR to evacuate the vessels crew to safety.
Due to position of vessel and unfavorable wind direction, LNR secured vessel to return next day.
On Saturday 14th May morning Kinnego Lifeboat attempted to refloat/recover vessel for owner. Unfortunately due to the position of the vessel LNR were unable to retrieve the vessel.
11th May at 15:07 – HM Coast Guard tasked Kinnego lifeboat to a vessel with engine failure in the Gawleys Gate Bay Area. Vessel was found and towed into Gawleys Gate quay and handed over to Kinnego Tango Coastguard Team. Kinnego Lifeboat then returned to base.
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Monday 9th May at 14:05 – HMCG tasked both Ardboe & Kinnego Lifeboats to an area between Rams Island and Hog Point for a lone jet skier whom had broken down approx 1nm off shore. Both life boats launched and were quickly on scene where a local fishing vessel was assisting the jet skier. Kinnego lifeboat crew took the casualty on board and towed the jet ski back to Kinnego marina were he had previously launched from. Ardboe lifeboat returned to base.
LNR would like to thank the local fishing vessel who kept the casualty safe upon our arrival.
Sun 8th May 2016 @ 17.55. HMCG paged and tasked Ardboe lifeboat to a small blue/white fishing like boat with 1 person on board whom got disoriented of their location but had stayed beside a cardinal marker and was able to read it’s number. Ardboe lifeboat located the vessel around reedy flat were it was drifting. 2 crew was transferred onto the casualty vessel and brought it back to Kinnego bay area where Kinnego Lifeboat took over and brought the vessel into marina were it had launched from. Ardboe lifeboat returned to base as Kinnego took vessel and casualty back to Kinnego marina.
HM Coastguard tasked LNR Monday 2nd May at 16:00 to reports from a member of the public that 2 sit on top kayakers were in difficulty just off Coney Island. Ardboe Lifeboat quickly launched and located the 2 casualties and brought them into Maghery where they were handed into the care of the Local Coast Guard team. Other than suffering the effects of the cold they were unhurt.
Thursday 14th April at 9.50pm – HM Coastguard paged LNR to immediate launch readiness due to a diverted aircraft making an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport. LNR was stood down at 10.10pm after the aircraft landed safety.
LNR would like to thank St. Jude Church, Muckamore for there prayers and kind donation of £500 towards the cost of fixing/replacing the David Grey lifeboat engines. This was very much appreciated.
Friday 1st April at 12:15pm – HM Coastguard paged LNR and requested to launch and proceed to Rams island where 5 young adults were stranded due to deteriorating weather conditions. Both Ardboe and Kinnego lifeboats boats arrived at Rams island and the casualties were brought on board the Ardboe lifeboat and taken safely to shore at Crumlin marina where LNR had a land vehicle (Lima Romeo 1) waiting along with a coastguard vehicle to transport the 5 persons back to Antrim marina via land. Both lifeboats returned to base at 2.00pm, fueled and ready for service.
LNR were paged by Coastguard at 13:15 to a report of a boat that was broken down and lost. Reports placed it somewhere in the SE corner of the Lough. Kinnego Lifeboat located the vessel with one person and one dog onboard north of rams island and took them to Crumlin Marina where they were met by Lough Neagh Coastguard team.
We welcomed to Antrim Station a visit from Robert Goodwill UK MP Transport Minister who was in Northern Ireland yesterday to meet various search and rescue teams following funding awarded by his department of Transport. Present also were Pupils from Riverside Special School Antrim.
Justice Minister David Ford Visited Kinnego Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 23rd February seeing first hand the work Lough Neagh Rescue carry out.
LNR were tasked by PSNI to assist with a missing person search on the river Bann. LNR lifeboats and flood team assisted alongside other agencies over the weekend.
A big thank you to all the crew who helped out yesterday to clean up Kinnego Station, Sands Marine and Southshore Marine buildings after the recent floods.
LNR would like to thank James Quinn, Toomebridge for his generous donation of £200. This donation is greatly appreciated.
Saturday 2nd January @ 14:15 – LNR Flood Team was called out on their first call out to the Portadown area to assist a women who needed assistance due to the access road being flooded. Teams from Kinnego and Ardboe where on scene and assisted the lady. Teams back in base at 18:00 hrs.
Belfast coastguard tasked LNR @ 16.37 as concerned council staff had not received an check in call from their warden on Coney Island. Ardboe Lifeboat was tasked to the island and Kinnego Lifeboat was tasked to sweep the shore on route to Coney Island. Ardboe Lifeboat was quickly on scene where crew spotted the wardens vessel tied up at its mooring. Crew then proceeded to the house on the island and were relieved that the warden was fine and that it was just that his communications had failed and due to the bad weather during the day he didn’t have the chance to make the boat trip to the mainland to check inn. Both Kinnego and Ardboe lifeboats were stood down and returned to base.
LNR would like to thank Murdock Builders Merchants (Dungannon Branch) for selecting Lough Neagh Rescue as there Christmas charity of the year. Presenting A Cheque for £500 to Paul Duffy LNR is Darren Mc Conville Branch Manager and Max Wilson.
LNR would like to thank the Mid-Ulster Business Awards for nominating LNR as there charity of the year.
The event was a big success at the event LNR were presented with donations of £2,495.
A big thank you to all who donated on the night and took part in the auction.