Callout 614

Posted on Sunday May 7, 2017

Tonight at 19:26hrs HM Coastguard paged LNR and requested immediate launch of the Ardboe and Kinnego Lifeboats to a 17ft speedboat located 1 mile west of Gawleys Gate, with 2 persons on board that was taking on water and sinking.
HM Coastguard issued a mayday relay to all vessels in the area and tasked a SAR helicopter also.
Both the Ardboe & Kinnego lifeboats quickly launched and proceeded to the area to search, the Ardboe lifeboat located the vessel which was almost completely submerged and had both casualties in the water clinging to the vessel. Both casualties were retrieved from the water and taken on board the lifeboat, an ambulance was requested and asked to meet at Crumlin Marina (Sandy Bay).
The Ardboe lifeboat proceeded to Crumlin Marina and whilst in the marina the casualties were assessed and handed into the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, treated for hypothermia and taken to hospital for further observation / treatment.
During the time in Crumlin Marina LNR was tasked to another incident (detailed separately in Callout 615), Kinnego Lifeboat responded to this incident.
The Ardboe Lifeboat then proceeded back to the scene to assess if the submerged vessel could be retrieved, fortunately the air pocket in the bow of the vessel was uncompromised and the crew were able to attach a tow line, re-float and cautiously bring the vessel safely to shore.
This was a time critical incident and the skipper on board the casualty vessel did everything right, firstly both persons on board were wearing PFD’d (Personal Flotation Devices), at the first sign of trouble they contacted the Coastguard, gave location of vessel, the nature of the emergency and the number of persons on board. This ultimately saved valuable time in the search and was a contributing factor to the successful outcome.
LNR has since learned that the casualties have been released from hospital and we wish them a speedy recovery. We would also like to thank the member of the public who provided an additional blanket for the casualties whilst in Crumlin Marina.
Ardboe Lifeboat back in base at 22:50hrs
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Callout 613

Posted on Tuesday May 2, 2017

Tonight at 20:46hrs during a routine training exercise the Antrim Bay lifeboat was tasked to a 14ft speedboat with engine failure and 3 persons on board, the casualty vessel was located at the mouth of the Six Mile Water river.
Antrim Bay lifeboat proceeded the casualty vessel and assisted by bringing it safely to shore in Antrim Marina. Antrim Bay lifeboat returned to base.

Antrim Steam Rally

Posted on Sunday Apr 30, 2017

Today and Tomorrow LNR will be at the Steam Rally in Shane’s Castle Antrim. Why not pop in and meet the crew and learn more about what do! Looking forward to seeing you all.
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Antrim Boat Club

Posted on Saturday Apr 29, 2017

We would like to thank the Commodore, Committee and members of Antrim Boat Club for their donation of £250. LNR has had a great relationship with the club for many years and we thank them for their continued support.

Callout 612

Posted on Thursday Apr 13, 2017

This morning at 01:25hrs – HM Coastguard paged LNR and requested the flood and swift water team to proceed to lower Lough Erne (Co. Fermanagh) to assist in the search for a female reported as being in the water in the vicinity of Devenish Island.
Whilst on route to the area LNR units were stood down as the casualty was retrieved from the water. LNR have since learned that the female has passed away, the crew and members of LNR would like to covey our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the casualty, may she rest in peace

Islandbawn Stores

Posted on Saturday Mar 25, 2017

Can we take this opportunity to thank the management, staff and customers of Islandbawn Stores for allowing us to collect on their premises on Saturday 25th March 2017. We raised £500 for our lifesaving charity. Thank you all!!

Lough Neagh Darts League

Posted on Friday Mar 24, 2017

LNR would like to thank the organisers of the Lough Neagh Darts League who held a tournament in March and raised funds for LNR. A total of £1,125.00 was presented to members of LNR on the night. We would also like to thank everyone who sold and purchased tickets for the event.

Belfast International Airport Information Day

Posted on Sunday Mar 19, 2017

Can we take this opportunity to thank all the members of the public and staff at Belfast International Airport for giving so generously at our information and collection day. During the day 2 crew members and a member of staff from the airport volunteered to have their legs waxed. Between sponsorship and donations during the day, we raised £650 for our lifesaving charity. Can we take this opportunity to thank Mrs Christine Doone for a very professional job and for coming along to wax our 3 volunteers.

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Ballycraigy Primary School

Posted on Friday Mar 17, 2017

Can we thank everyone who came along this morning to our coffee morning organised by the PTA from Ballycraigy Primary School. A total of £303 was raised.
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Rescue 116

Posted on Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

The thoughts and prayers from all within Lough Neagh Rescue are with our colleagues the Irish Coastguard following this morning’s news. Especially the crew of Rescue 116, their family and all involved in the search.
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Callout 611

Posted on Saturday Mar 4, 2017

At 15.05Hrs HM Coastguard tasked all available LNR units to the Massereene Bridge on the six mile water river (Co. Antrim), where a female in a kayak was in difficulties.
The casualty’s friends who raised the alarm had initially secured the casualty with NIFRS providing further support measures on scene. NIFRS SRT initiated the rescue with LNR units providing downstream support. LNR had flood and swift water responders along with lifeboat and shore crew on scene.
LNR Flood boat 2 launched on scene downstream of the casualty whilst LNR Flood water responders, swift water technicians, lifeboat and shore crew were also standing by downstream of the casualty. The casualty was released from the kayak and taken safely to shore where she was transferred into the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
All LNR units stood down and returned to base following debrief on scene.

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River Foyle Search

Posted on Saturday Mar 4, 2017

Crew from Lough Neagh Rescue proceeded today to the river Foyle to assist in the ongoing search for a missing person.
As well as the crew assisting in this search the organisation remains ready for tasking in its primary area of operations – Lough Neagh & it’s tributary rivers

River Foyle Search

Posted on Saturday Feb 25, 2017

Whilst assisting today in the ongoing search for a missing person in the river Foyle, crew members from Lough Neagh Rescue along with members of Meath River Rescue proceeded to the aid of a person who entered the water. The casualty was retrieved from the river, brought to shore and emergency first aid administered until the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service arrived on scene. The casualty was then handed into the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
Other units involved on scene were: Foyle Search and Rescue and Boyne Fisherman’s Rescue.
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Ellie Lavery

Posted on Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Ellie Lavery who is 7 years old and from Antrim visited the station tonight. Ellie organised a fund raising event for LNR by growing her hair for a year. Ellie asked friends and family to sponsor her upon getting her hair cut. All monies raised would then go to LNR. We are delighted to say that Ellie raised £100 for our charity.

Ellie is pictured below handing over monies raised to Training Officer Ivan Crozier and LNR crew members.
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River Foyle Search

Posted on Sunday Feb 19, 2017

Throughout yesterday and today Lough Neagh Rescue have had crew assisting in the search for a missing person at the river Foyle.
As well as the crew assisting in this search the organisation remains ready for tasking in its primary area of operations – Lough Neagh & it’s tributary rivers.

Belfast International Airport Coffee Morning

Posted on Thursday Feb 16, 2017

This morning we hosted a Coffee morning for the staff at Belfast International Airport. This is to coincide with us being the charity of the quarter. Can we thank everyone who came along and for the kind donations for our life saving charity.
https://www.belfastairport.com/blog-news/2017/january/helping-those-who-help-us-lough-neagh-rescue
Can we also thank the crew and family members for providing a lovely selection of delicious buns.
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Callout 610

Posted on Saturday Jan 28, 2017

At 16.00Hrs HM Coastguard tasked Lough Neagh Rescue to check on the well-being of the warden on Coney Island, this was due to a late check-in from the island. Ardboe lifeboat launched and proceeded to the island and whilst on scene the crew quickly tracked down the warden who thankfully was ok. The warden was experiencing communication difficulties and the issue was in the process of being resolved.
When resolved Ardboe lifeboat was stood down and returned to base. Units which remained on stand-by also stood down.

B&M Junction 1 Collection

Posted on Saturday Jan 14, 2017

Can we say a MASSIVE Thank You to everyone who donated to our bag pack at B&M in Junction 1 today. A total of £748.82 was raised. Can we also say a big Thank You to the store manager and her staff for looking after us so well.

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St Ronans Volunteer Fair

Posted on Friday Jan 13, 2017

Lough Neagh Rescue were delighted to be invited along to attend St Ronans, as part of their annual Volunteer Fair for year 13 & 14 pupils. We brought along some kit and 2 resuscitation dummies. It was great to see so much interest from the students, some of who really took a keen interest in what we do and how we do it. Students were shown some CPR and invited to have a go themselves after the initial shyness they really got stuck in.

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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.