Tesco Cookstown Collection

Posted on Saturday Dec 24, 2016

Lough Neagh Rescue would like to thank Tescos Cookstown and there Community Champion Charlie for all her help today in organising our annual collection at the doors of Tesco Cookstown. A huge thanks to everyone who supported us today and we wish everyone a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

Tesco Lurgan Collection

Posted on Saturday Dec 17, 2016

Lough Neagh Rescue would like to thank Tesco Lurgan for all their help today in organising our collection at the doors of Tesco Lurgan. A huge thanks to everyone who supported us today.
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LNR Table Quiz

Posted on Tuesday Dec 13, 2016

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Cookstown Flag Day

Posted on Sunday Dec 11, 2016

On behalf of the crew and members of Lough Neagh Rescue, we would like to thank everyone for there support and generous donations at our Cookstown Flag day held on Saturday 26th November. Total Raised was £498.

Dungannon street collection

Posted on Saturday Dec 3, 2016

Lough Neagh Rescue will be holding their annual street collection in Dungannon today. Please show your support when you see them

2nd Benburb BB

Posted on Thursday Dec 1, 2016

Every once in a while Lough Neagh Rescue is contacted by an organisation such as a school or youth group. Recently we were contacted by a young man from the 2nd Benburb Boys brigade enquiring if they could visit one of our stations and chat with some of the crew.
We always welcome visits to our stations or indeed visiting other groups ourselves, a big part of what we do is give advice and raise awareness on all aspects of water safety where possible.
Lough Neagh Rescue would like to thank Craig, Richard and the guys for reaching out to us and calling down for a chat.
Pictured are the boys brigade on our lifeboat ‘Bungy’ in the Kinnego station listening to a crew member give a run down of what’s on the boat and how it may be used.
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Callout 609

Posted on Tuesday Nov 1, 2016

At 20.32Hrs During a routine training night HM Coastguard Tasked Lough Neagh Rescue to search for a vessel or persons in distress in the vicinity of Rams Island. This was due to reports of a red flare being sighted in the area.
The Ardboe lifeboat proceeded to the area and commenced a search from the north of Rams Island to Sandy Bay initially and then continued to search from Sandy Bay to Hog Point.
The Kinnego lifeboat launched and searched from the north of Tolans flat to Gawleys Gate.
As there were no signs of any vessel or persons in distress HM Coastguard then stood both lifeboats down. Both lifeboats returned to base at 22.05Hrs

Callout 608

Posted on Sunday Oct 23, 2016

At 19.51Hrs HM Coastguard Tasked Lough Neagh Rescue to search for a cruiser with 3 persons on board which was reported as drifting due to engine failure. The vessel had left Rams Island and was on route to Sandy Bay Marina when they experienced engine failure.
Both Ardboe and Kinnego Lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area to commence searching.
The casualty vessel was then located just off Tunny point, after being assessed for damage and given the all clear a tow line was connected and the vessel was towed into Sandy Bay Marina. The vessel was moored safely alongside the jetty and the persons on board were handed into the care of the awaiting Coastguard team. Both lifeboats returned to base.

LNR Tractor Run Thank You

Posted on Sunday Oct 23, 2016

On behalf of Lough Neagh Rescue Crew, we would like to thank everyone for there support at yesterday’s tractor run. It was a fantastic day with over 100 tractors, lorries and motor bikes taking part. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Grassmen for coming down and supporting us. It was greatly appreciated lads.
A special thanks also to AC Marquees for the hire of the marquee and members of the public who come down and showed there support. We hope to run this event next year and will built on this years success.
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LNR Tractor Run

Posted on Tuesday Oct 18, 2016

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Callout 607

Posted on Saturday Oct 15, 2016

At 16.21hrs HM Coastguard tasked Lough Neagh Rescue to a vessel with 3 persons on board which had engine failure and was drifting in the area of Oxford Island Kinnego.
Both the Ardboe and Kinnego Lifeboats launched, when on scene the Kinnego lifeboat made way to the casualty vessel, a tow line was connected and one crew member remained on-board the casualty vessel.
The Kinnego lifeboat towed the vessel into Kinnego marina where it was safely moored alongside the jetty. Both lifeboats returned to base.

Helicopter Exercise

Posted on Saturday Oct 8, 2016

Members of Lough Neagh Rescue were invited to Ards airport to take part in an exercise with two S92 SAR helicopters, one from HM Coastguard and the other from the Irish Coast Guard. This proved to be a fantastic experience for all those present.

Callout 606

Posted on Sunday Oct 2, 2016

While on a training session, Antrim Bay Lifeboat freed and towed off a boat that had ran aground at the mouth of the six mile river. Boat was returned to safe water and checked over before proceeding on its way.
Antrim Lifeboat continued its training session.

Callout 605

Posted on Thursday Sep 22, 2016

HM Coastguard tasked Lough Neagh Rescue at 06:43 to a fishing vessel with 2 persons on board which run aground (in foggy conditions) in the area of Farsnagh Point.
The Ardboe lifeboat launched and proceeded to the area with Kinnego lifeboat standing by at immediate readiness. The casualty vessel was located north of Farsnagh point – local reference “Stanley’s Quay”. The casualty vessel was then inspected for signs of damage and a tow line secured at the request of the vessels skipper.
The Ardboe lifeboat successfully towed the casualty vessel off its grounded position and into deeper water. A further inspection was carried out, as there were no signs of damage and the casualty vessel was able to run under its own power the Ardboe lifeboat returned to base.

Caitríona Lucas

Posted on Thursday Sep 15, 2016

Lough Neagh Rescue would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family, friends and many colleagues of Caitríona Lucas. May she rest in peace.

Callout 604

Posted on Saturday Sep 3, 2016

HM Coastguard tasked Lough Neagh Rescue at 13:59 to a sailing boat with a broken mast in the area of Skady (North).
Ardboe lifeboat launched and proceeded to the area, when on scene the crew assessed the casualty vessel and set up a tow line.
A tow commenced and the vessel was brought into Ballyronan Marina where it was moored safely alongside the jetty.
Ardboe lifeboat then returned to base.

Callout 603

Posted on Sunday Aug 28, 2016

LNR were paged by Coastguard at 17:02 to a report of a Yacht aground with two person on board near Six Foot Flat. Ardboe Lifeboat re-floated the vessel and began a tow. Kinnego Lifeboat then took over the tow while Ardboe Lifeboat took one of the Yacht’s crew to Kinnego Marina as they were beginning to feel the effects of the cold windy conditions. Kinnego Lifeboat towed the Yacht back to Kinnego Marina.
Lifeboats back at base at 18:45.

Callout 602

Posted on Friday Aug 26, 2016

LNR were paged by Coastguard at 13:36 after receiving a Mayday call on their Black Mountain aerial site followed up with a DSC (Digital selective calling) alert. No position was given by the vessel in either call.
The aerial site covers a large area including Lough Neagh so with no position given the LNR Lifeboats and crew on shore began a search of the entire Lough.
The search was called off when the vessel was later able to report his position as being in Portavogie Harbour on the Irish Sea.
Lifeboats back at base at 14:34.

Callout 601

Posted on Monday Aug 15, 2016

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.

Callout 600

Posted on Monday Aug 15, 2016

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.

Callout 599

Posted on Thursday Aug 11, 2016

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.

Callout 598

Posted on Monday Aug 8, 2016

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.

Callout 597

Posted on Monday Aug 1, 2016

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.

Callout 596

Posted on Wednesday Jul 27, 2016

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.

Ardboe Station Open Day

Posted on Monday Jul 18, 2016

Come along to Ardboe Station Open Day. Sunday 31st July.
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Kinnego Station Open Day

Posted on Friday Jul 15, 2016

Come along to Kinnego Station Open Day. Sunday 17th July.
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Callout 595

Posted on Monday Jul 4, 2016

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.

Exercise Water Babies

Posted on Tuesday Jun 21, 2016

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.

Callout 594

Posted on Saturday Jun 18, 2016

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.

Callout 593

Posted on Thursday Jun 9, 2016

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.

Callout 592

Posted on Sunday Jun 5, 2016

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.

Coalisland Flag day

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016

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.

Callout 591

Posted on Sunday May 15, 2016

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.

Callout 590

Posted on Saturday May 14, 2016

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.

Callout 589

Posted on Wednesday May 11, 2016

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.