Callout 687

Posted on Saturday May 30, 2020

Lifeboats tasked at 14:41 by CGOC Belfast Coastguard to a vessel aground at Tolan’s Flat with 2 persons onboard. Lifeboats quickly located the vessel and commenced a tow back to Kinnego Marina

Callout 686

Posted on Wednesday May 27, 2020

LNR Lifeboats tasked by HM Coastguard at 15:30 to a powerboat with 5 Persons onboard which had mechanical failure.
Lifeboats located the vessel approx 1 mile north of Kinnego Bay. The vessel was towed to Kinnego Marina where it was handed into the care of Lough Neagh Coastguard Rescue Team. Boats then returned to base and made ready for next tasking.

Callout 685

Posted on Tuesday Mar 10, 2020

Flood and Swiftwater Rescue Team tasked at 12:29 by CGOC Belfast Coastguard to attend an incident in Banbridge.

Callout 684

Posted on Sunday Feb 2, 2020

LNR Tasked at 13:25 to assist in the search for a missing person within the Antrim area. Lifeboats launched as well as our swift water rescue team.

Callout 683

Posted on Friday Jan 31, 2020

Lifeboat’s tasked at 16:21 by HM Coastguard to Coney Island where a male sustained injuries after a fall.
Boat proceeded to Maghery to collect two awaiting NIAS crew and then onto Coney Island.
Once on scene working alongside the NIAS crew we were able to get the casualty treated for pain, then stabilised and onto a stretcher where he was made ready for transport by boat back to mainland.
Once back in Maghery the casualty was then transferred from our boat into an awaiting ambulance.
Lifeboat’s returned to base at 20.00.

Mervyn Kidd

Posted on Tuesday Jan 28, 2020

Earlier this morning Lough Neagh Rescue learned of the sad news that esteemed crew member and founding member of our Antrim station, Mervyn Kidd passed away peacefully.
Mervyn was instrumental in setting up our Antrim base with his late son Martin Kidd.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Crew Members, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Kidd family at this sad time.

Callout 682

Posted on Sunday Dec 29, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 20:47 to a report of a flare being sighted near Ram’s Island. Lifeboats search the area with nothing found. All boats returned to base and made ready for service.

Callout 681

Posted on Wednesday Dec 25, 2019

At 01:01 LNR was tasked by HMCG at the request of the PSNI.
Swift water Crews from all 3 stations were tasked to the Antrim area and searched for a few hours. After a short break the crews continued conducting a search with the aid of the PSNI air support unit until 12:30 before being stood down.

Callout 680

Posted on Saturday Dec 14, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 02:04 to an incident in Antrim. Details to follow.

Callout 679

Posted on Saturday Oct 26, 2019

Lifeboats paged today at 14:26 by CGOC Belfast Coastguard to reports of Kayakers in difficulty in the Antrim Bay. Once on scene, 2 people were rescued and brought back to Loughshore Marina in Antrim. Both casualties received First Aid treatment by our team medics and handed over to our colleagues in Northern Ireland Ambulance service and Lough Neagh Coastguard Team.
All boats returned to base and made ready for service.

Callout 678

Posted on Sunday Sep 29, 2019

At 10:02am, Lifeboats were tasked by CGOC Belfast Coastguard to our designated rendezvous points in relation to an aircraft declaring an emergency.
With the aircraft landing safely, all lifeboats where stood down and returned to base and made ready for service.

Callout 677

Posted on Wednesday Sep 18, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 21:00 to a vessel in need of assistance near Skane Flat.
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 676

Posted on Friday Sep 13, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 22:40 to a vessel in need of assistance near Ram’s Island.
LNR lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area to provide assistance.
Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Callout 675

Posted on Sunday Aug 25, 2019

Lifeboats tasked by Belfast Coastguard at 23:07 to reports of a boat with 5 person on board possibly in the area of Ram’s Island. Lifeboats stood down shortly after when the vessel was located and confirmed to be safe
Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next call.

Callout 674

Posted on Sunday Aug 25, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 11:04. Details to follow.

Callout 673

Posted on Saturday Aug 24, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 11:44 to two vessels in need of assistance near Toome.
LNR lifeboats launched and proceeded to the area where the casualty vessels were located and provided assistance including refloating one of the vessels.
Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next tasking.

Callout 672

Posted on Friday Aug 9, 2019

LNR paged at 12:51. Assistance no longer required and stood down.

Callout 671

Posted on Sunday Aug 4, 2019

HM Coastguard tasked LNR @ 11:04 to a vessel in need of assistance.
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 670

Posted on Saturday Jul 27, 2019

Lifeboats tasked by Belfast Coastguard at 18:43 to reports of a broken down Jet ski on the eastern shore of Antrim bay.
Antrim Bay Lifeboat located the Jet-ski with 1 person on board and towed it into Antrim Marina.
Lifeboats returned to base and made ready for the next call.

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 at 17:33. This was to reports of an overdue jet ski with 1 person on board. Information received indicated the jet ski launched at Antrim Marina and had not been seen for over 2 hours.

Lifeboats from Antrim bay, Ardboe and Kinnego as well as our colleagues from the Lough Neagh Coastguard launched and searched along the western and northern shores of Lough Neagh. Whilst searching the northern shore The casualty and jet ski where located in the Shane’s Castle area. The casualty was brought onboard the Antrim Lifeboat and transported swiftly to Antrim Marina, where first aid was administered until our colleagues in NIAS arrived. Lifeboats then went and recovered the sunken jet ski. Unfortunately the Jet ski had run aground and began to take on water.

All Lifeboat’s returned to base and made ready for service.

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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