For emergencies on Lough Neagh and it’s tributary rivers call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Callout 805

Callout 805

Lifeboats tasked at 10.54 to reports of two young girls stranded on Coney Island.

Lifeboats quickly arrived on scene and worked out that a party of 3 had attempted to make their way to Maghery slip on kayaks, but due to rapidly deteriorating conditions, they were blown off course.

The advance party made the good decision not to try and paddle back to the island to pick up the girls and instead dialled 999 and asked Coast Guard for assistance.

Lough Neagh Coast Guard team quickly accounted for the party of 3 while the lifeboats collected the two girls on Coney Island and safely brought them into Maghery slip where the girls were a little shaken but made feel much better by the warm embrace of their parents.

Lifeboats returned to station for refuelling and readied for their next tasking.

If you see someone in distress, in, on or around the water, dial 999 and ask for Coastguard.