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Lough Neagh Rescue

Barry Kerr LNR Gig

Posted on Monday Jul 22, 2019

Former LNR Crew Member and internationally renowned artist Barry Kerr (& friends) are putting on a benefit gig for LNR in Lurgan on Friday August 9th 2019. This is a rare chance to see him play in his home town and is a night not to be missed!
Some tickets are still remaining and can be purchased directly from the venue the Woodville Arms as well as from any LNR crew member. Full details below.

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Callout 669

Posted on Sunday Jul 21, 2019

Lifeboats tasked by CGOC Belfast @ 17:33.
Details to Follow.

Callout 668

Posted on Saturday Jul 13, 2019

In the early hours of this morning Lifeboats tasked by CGOC Belfast @ 01:53am to attend two vessels ran aground with 4 people onboard in Sandy Bay.

Lifeboats arrived on scene and made contact with the two vessels, crew were faced with difficult conditions with strong winds creating large swells blowing onshore in an area with very little depth,

Both boats where freed from the rocks and able to be maneuvered by the lifeboats and taken to safety in the nearby sand quay,

2 people stayed with their boat while the other 2 people were transferred by lifeboat to the awaiting hands of the Coastguard team in Sandy Bay

Lifeboats back in base @ 04:00am

Callout 667

Posted on Friday Jul 12, 2019

Crews tasked @ 15:56 to the River Bann to a possible person in the water at Bannfoot.

Two lifeboats plus Swift and flood water teams from Ardboe/Kinnego along with two flood response boats tasked to the scene with shore crew also arriving by van,

Arriving on scene we met up with the Coastguard, a search of the river and around the river mouth was carried out while shore crew checked along the river banks,

However nothing was found and lifeboats where stood down and returned back to base.

Callout 666

Posted on Sunday Jul 7, 2019

Lifeboats tasked @12:39 to an 8m Rib which had ran aground near the Hog Point.

When lifeboats arrived on scene a vessel from Toome Eel Fishery’s had commenced a tow, the tow was then handed over to the lifeboat which proceeded into Kinnego Marina and met by awaiting crew

Lifeboats then returned to base and made ready for tasking.

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Callout 663 Update

Posted on Sunday Jul 7, 2019

LNR and other statutory agencies under the direction of PSNI/POLSA have been heavily involved for the past 31 days in an ongoing search for a missing person who is believed to have entered the river Blackwater in Moy town.

After conducting extensive search operations on the river Blackwater throughout the past 31 days, this afternoon our crews located a body and had the difficult task of recovering it from the water along with our partner agency CRS.

LNR wishes to place on record our sincere thanks to all our agency colleagues involved for all the hard work, dedication and commitment throughout the search operation.

The Board of Directors and Volunteers of LNR wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.

Callout 665

Posted on Saturday Jul 6, 2019

Lifeboats tasked by CGOC Belfast @21:47 to a 26ft vessel which had lost steering one mile away from Church point with 5 persons on board.

Lifeboats launched and quickly located the vessel, when arriving on scene the 2 adults and 3 children all wearing PFDs were ok and happy for us to commence a tow.

Once the tow line was in place the vessel was towed to the Battery Harbour and lifeboats where made ready for next tasking.

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David Gray – Bungy 1989-2019

Posted on Wednesday Jul 3, 2019

Today Wednesday 3rd July 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of David Gray Jnr who tragically lost his life while out with friends on Lough Neagh. The boat David was travelling on sank, whist on passage from Ballyronan to Kinnego. Unfortunately, on the 3rd July 1989 there was no rescue service based on Lough Neagh.

On this day 30 years ago it was a huge turning point for Lough Neagh as David’s father (David Gray Snr) didn’t want another family to suffer the loss of a loved one in the way his family had done.

David fund raised tirelessly for the much needed funds to start up Lough Neagh Rescue and to get the 1st Rescue vessel operational. From that day on, and with the help of founder, past and present members whom all shared the same vision, we now have 3 stations around the Lough: Kinnego, Ardboe and Antrim. A vision and a dream come true for David Gray Snr.

Today those founding crew members who searched selflessly for David Gray Jnr on the 3rd July 2019 took David’s sister Jackie out to the location where the vessel sank and placed a cross on the water.

We at Lough Neagh Rescue are forever grateful that we can carry on with the vision of David Gray Snr with the help of our Dedicated Crew, SAR Partners, Local Councils and other Funding Bodies. But most importantly the generosity of the Public whom without their support we would not be here today.

Callout 664

Posted on Friday Jun 28, 2019

Crews paged by Belfast Coastguard at 20:12 to reports of persons in the water at Lurgan Park. Whilst on route information was received that the persons had been rescued and teams could stand down.

Callout 663 Update

Posted on Thursday Jun 27, 2019

Ongoing Search: From Thursday 6th June 2019 LNR and other statuatory agencies under the direction of PSNI/POLSA have been heavily involved in an ongoing search for a missing person whom is believed to have entered the river Black Water in Moy town. LNR wishes to place on record our thanks to all those agencies who are involved in the search and to all the members of the general public, as well as the missing persons family for the hospitality shown to the crew under the current circumstances.

LNR would also like to remind all members of the general public who are helping with the search, to remember the importance of water safety and to never search alone. If you find yourself in difficulty or spot anything out of the ordinary, please contact the police immediately on 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non emergency.

We would ask everyone to keep the family of the missing person in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Callout 663

Posted on Thursday Jun 6, 2019

Lifeboat’s paged at 14:54 By Belfast Coastguard to reports of a missing person in the River Blackwater in Moy town. Lifeboat’s and shore crew conducted a search operation under the direction of the PSNI/POLSA. After searching late into the night nothing was found.
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Callout 662

Posted on Sunday Jun 2, 2019

Lifeboat’s tasked by Belfast Coastguard at 18:18 to Church Island on Lough Beg. It was reported that 4 people where trapped on the island due to the poor weather conditions. On arrival another vessel had the casualties and their boat on tow towards Newferry. We escorted everyone back and handed them into the care of the Lough Neagh Coastguard Team.

Callout 661

Posted on Sunday May 26, 2019

Lifeboats paged at 13:52 by Belfast Coastguard to reports of a 27ft motor cruiser with engine trouble in the Antrim Bay. Once on scene, a tow was established and the boat was taken into Antrim Marina.
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Callout 660

Posted on Sunday May 26, 2019

Lifeboats tasked @13:32 to Coney Island, 1 adult, 2 children and two dogs where rescued from the island after getting into difficulties on their kayak.

After initial assessment we took the casualties to Maghery slipway and handed them over to Lough Neagh Coastguard Rescue Team

Lifeboat returned to base.

Callout 659

Posted on Monday May 6, 2019

Lifeboats tasked by CGOC Belfast @ 11:29 to a broken down 27′ cabin cruiser adrift 1 mile north of the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, the boat was taken under tow by the lifeboat and brought to Kinnego Marina where it was met by the Coastguard.

Callout 657

Posted on Wednesday Mar 6, 2019

Lifeboats tasked @ 18:03 by CGOC Belfast to a 27ft fishing vessel with one person onboard and his dog which had lost power and drifting towards the eastern shore. Vessel was located and a tow line was connected. Lifeboat commenced tow to the Carn Quay on the western shore.
Upon arriving at the Carn Quay the vessel was safely moored and the crew handed into the care of the awaiting Lough Neagh Coastguard Rescue Team

Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for tasking.
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Callout 656

Posted on Friday Dec 14, 2018

Lifeboats tasked by CGOC Belfast @ 10:07am to a 28ft fishing vessel with 2 persons on board which had lost power approximately 1 nautical mile south of Cranfield Bay. Due to information that the casualty vessel was drifting towards shore all lifeboats were launched. A short time later the casualty vessel was located 1 nautical mile south of Conns Point. The vessel was inspected, a tow line connected and the lifeboat commenced a tow to the Battery Harbour.
Upon arriving at the battery harbour the vessel was safely moored and the crew handed into the care of the waiting Lough Neagh Coastguard Team.

All units stood down, returned to base where they re-staged equipment for the next tasking.

Callout 655

Posted on Tuesday Nov 27, 2018

Lifeboats tasked by CGOC Belfast @ 10:29am to a report of 2 persons & a dog stranded on Tolans Flat in adverse weather conditions. LNR Lifeboats responded along with shore crew. The Kinnego Lifeboat proceeded to the island and extracted the casualties and landed them at Gawleys Gate, they were then handed into the care of the Lough Neagh Coastguard team whom was waiting on shore. All units then stood down and returned to base and re-staged ready for the next tasking.

Callout 654

Posted on Sunday Sep 9, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 17:45 to reports that a motor cruiser with 5 persons on board hit rocks and was in difficulty close to Gawleys gate.

Our lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area to commence a search, the casualty vessel was located on the lee shore close to Tolans flat, due to the poor weather conditions and poor depth a lee shore rescue was implemented using both the Kinnego and Ardboe lifeboats.

Following an inspection of the vessel and consent from the skipper on board, the casualty vessel was towed off the shore and into deeper water. The Ardboe lifeboat then disconnected its tow line and came alongside the casualty vessel where all casualties were transferred on board and brought to safety. The Kinnego lifeboat continued to tow the casualty vessel back to Kinnego Marina..

The vessel and persons on board were handed into the care of the awaiting LNR shore crew and Coastguard team.

All units were then stood down, returned to base and prepared for the next tasking.
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Callout 653

Posted on Tuesday Sep 4, 2018

At 16.19 HM Coastguard tasked LNR to reports that a sailing vessel had capsized in Toome bay and 2 persons were in the water, the first informant then lost sight of the persons and their vessel.
Our lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area to commence a search. With no immediate sightings, shore crew also responded in a rapid response vehicle and commenced searching various shore locations around the Toome bay.
Our Lifeboats then observed persons on shore (in a fisherman’s quay), our shore crew were directed to the location and were able to confirm that this was the casualties we had been tasked to. With our Coastguard colleagues arriving on scene a short time later it was confirmed that all was well, and as no medical assistance was required Belfast Coastguard were happy to stand down all LNR units.

All units returned to base and prepared for the next tasking.

The first informant did the correct thing by contacting the Coastguard, if you believe someone is in trouble or distress on the water, do not hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Callout 652

Posted on Saturday Aug 18, 2018

At 19:19 HM Coastguard tasked LNR to reports of a broken down vessel with 6 persons on board, the vessel was reported as being approx. 1 mile outside Oxford Island.
Both the Ardboe and Kinnego lifeboats launched and located the casualty vessel close to Padian.
Following discussions on scene it was decided that the Ardboe lifeboat take 5 persons on board the lifeboat and bring them directly to shore whilst the Kinnego lifeboat would tow the casualty vessel with its skipper back to Kinnego marina.
The casualty vessel and all persons on board brought safely to shore and handed into the care of our Coastguard colleagues.

Lifeboats then stood down, returned to base and prepared for the next tasking.

Callout 651

Posted on Sunday Jul 29, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 20:20 to search for a cruiser that had run aground close to the Castlebay area, the vessel was reported as having 5 persons on board – 4 adults and 1 child.

LNR’s lifeboats swiftly launched and proceeded to search for the casualty vessel, a short time later the vessel was located,

LNR crew checked that there were no injuries to those on board and the vessel was assessed for any visible damage. Following this assessment a towline was connected and the vessel was brought safely to shore.

LNR crew then handed the vessel and those on board into the care of the awaiting Coastguard team on shore.

Lifeboats stood down, returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Callout 650

Posted on Friday Jul 20, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 22:00 to search the Antrim bay area for a jet ski with 2 persons on board that had not returned to shore.

LNR’s lifeboats swiftly launched along with shore crews in our land based response units (Lima Romeo and Victor Whiskey).

Following an extensive search on the water the jet ski had been located close to Kettlebottom Island, however there were no occupants on board or in the surrounding area. The search continued both on land and on the water until the casualties were located safe and well.

All units then stood down.

The Antrim Bay Lifeboat brought the jet ski back to shore and all units returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Callout 649

Posted on Saturday Jul 14, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 18:09 to a cruiser run aground near Gawleys Gate.

LNR lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area where the casualty vessel was located and following an inspection a towline was connected to the vessel and it was towed safely back to shore.

Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Callout 648

Posted on Monday Jul 9, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 17:35 to a 28ft fishing vessel with 2 persons on board. The vessel had lost power close to Ballyginnff and was swiftly located by our lifeboats.

Following a quick inspection a towline was connected to the casualty vessel and it was towed safely back to shore.

Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Callout 647

Posted on Sunday Jul 1, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR lifeboats @ 16:55 to a 25 ft leisure craft with 2 persons on board that had run aground at the entrance to the River Bann (Foot).

Our lifeboats quickly launched and proceeded to the area.

Due to the low water and high northerly wind a lee shore rescue was implemented and executed with one crew member staying with the casualty vessel. A tow line was connected to the vessel (with the consent of the skipper) and the lifeboat was able to bring the casualty vessel into deeper water and back into the river. When the casualty vessel was in sheltered waters and it was deemed safe, tow line was disconnected and the lifeboat escorted the vessel to the jetty on the Charlestown side of the river.

The vessel was then handed into the care of our colleagues from Maritime Coastguard Agency who were waiting to assist.

Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Open Day Battery Harbour

Posted on Sunday Jul 1, 2018

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It’s that time of year again!!

Y-Zone Fun Day

Posted on Saturday Jun 23, 2018

The Y-Zone youth group are holding a fun day at the River Bann in Portadown today. We are pleased to have been invited along to meet and greet members of the public, have a chat and showcase some of the kit we have. Come say hello, try on some of the kit or have a go with a throw line.

We also have our new milpro on the river.
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St Comgalls Primary school

Posted on Thursday Jun 21, 2018

Tonight we are out supporting and giving water safety advice at St Comgalls Primary school Antrim’s summer fair. Why not pop along and meet the crew. We are here until 8.00pm.
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Callout 646

Posted on Saturday Jun 16, 2018

HM Coastguard tasked LNR at 17:21 to the aid of a sailing yacht in difficulty at the mouth of the Six Mile Water River.

The Antrim Bay Lifeboat launched and proceeded to the casualty vessel which had run aground and shortly thereafter was able to free itself. After a quick assessment and receiving confirmation from the skipper on board the casulty vessel that all was ok ABLB returned to station at 17:40 ready for service.

A note to anyone boating in and around Antrim bay, the mouth of the river is very shallow at the moment.

Callout 645

Posted on Saturday Jun 9, 2018

HM Coastguard paged LNR at 20:26hrs and requested the launch of the lifeboats to the aid of 2 persons on-board a speedboat with engine difficulties located outside Kinnego marina. With the vessel drifting towards rocks both the Ardboe and Kinnego lifeboats were requested to launch.

Both lifeboats launched swiftly and the Kinnego lifeboat proceeded to the casualty vessel. Upon arrival on scene the vessel had regained power and was making its way back into the marina alongside the Kinnego Harbor Master boat. Kinnego lifeboat also escorted the vessel back into the marina.

All units returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Carnaghts Primary School fair

Posted on Friday Jun 8, 2018

Tonight we have been invited to Carnaghts Primary School fair to promote Water Safety to the children. If your in the area, please stop by and have a chat with the crew.
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St Comgalls GAC Antrim family open day

Posted on Sunday Jun 3, 2018

We are down supporting St Comgalls GAC Antrim family open day. Why not pop down and say hello. We are here until 4.00pm today. Lots of activities for everyone.
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5 Mile and 10k Run

Posted on Saturday Jun 2, 2018

Can we take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting our 5 Mile and 10k Run. It’s was a HUGE success. To all our sponsors Paul Berry Group Training, John J Donnelly M.B.E, Shivers Bathroom Interiors and Techmac Industrial Supplies, Asda Antrim and Tesco Antrim. Thank you for making the run possible. Thanks must go to all the runners who came and took part in a very warm Saturday morning. Without your support our run wouldn’t be the success it is. To the crew from all stations and families. Thank you!!! Your time, effort and commitment is very much appreciated. To Katrina Taggart and Charlotte Pullan. Thank you ladies for doing a fantastic and professional job at registering all the runners and helping to set up.

Last and not least. To Drew Taggart and the Pace Running club volunteers. Thank you for all your help, support and guidance in organising this event. Without doubt your attention to detail makes it the success it really is.

We hope to see you all again next year.

Thanks to NI Running for the photos.
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Callout 644

Posted on Sunday May 27, 2018

HM Coastguard paged LNR at 17:41hrs and requested the launch of the lifeboat to the aid a yacht that was reported as having run aground close to Rams Island.

Whilst on route to the search area an update was received that the casualty vessel had regained propulsion and was able to make its way to the south jetty on Rams Island. The lifeboat proceeded to the island to make contact with the skipper. After consultation with the skipper and the Coastguard they were happy that further assistance was not required and the lifeboat was stood down and returned to base.

All units made ready for the next tasking.

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