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.

Come along to Kinnego Station on Saturday 4th June for this free event

Callout 588

Posted on Monday May 9, 2016

Monday 9th May at 14:05 – HMCG tasked both Ardboe & Kinnego Lifeboats to an area between Rams Island and Hog Point for a lone jet skier whom had broken down approx 1nm off shore. Both life boats launched and were quickly on scene where a local fishing vessel was assisting the jet skier. Kinnego lifeboat crew took the casualty on board and towed the jet ski back to Kinnego marina were he had previously launched from. Ardboe lifeboat returned to base.
LNR would like to thank the local fishing vessel who kept the casualty safe upon our arrival.

Callout 587

Posted on Sunday May 8, 2016

Sun 8th May 2016 @ 17.55. HMCG paged and tasked Ardboe lifeboat to a small blue/white fishing like boat with 1 person on board whom got disoriented of their location but had stayed beside a cardinal marker and was able to read it’s number. Ardboe lifeboat located the vessel around reedy flat were it was drifting. 2 crew was transferred onto the casualty vessel and brought it back to Kinnego bay area where Kinnego Lifeboat took over and brought the vessel into marina were it had launched from. Ardboe lifeboat returned to base as Kinnego took vessel and casualty back to Kinnego marina.

Callout 586

Posted on Monday May 2, 2016

HM Coastguard tasked LNR Monday 2nd May at 16:00 to reports from a member of the public that 2 sit on top kayakers were in difficulty just off Coney Island. Ardboe Lifeboat quickly launched and located the 2 casualties and brought them into Maghery where they were handed into the care of the Local Coast Guard team. Other than suffering the effects of the cold they were unhurt.

Callout 585

Posted on Thursday Apr 14, 2016

Thursday 14th April at 9.50pm – HM Coastguard paged LNR to immediate launch readiness due to a diverted aircraft making an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport. LNR was stood down at 10.10pm after the aircraft landed safety.

St. Jude Church Donation

Posted on Wednesday Apr 6, 2016

LNR would like to thank St. Jude Church, Muckamore for there prayers and kind donation of £500 towards the cost of fixing/replacing the David Grey lifeboat engines. This was very much appreciated.

Callout 584

Posted on Friday Apr 1, 2016

Friday 1st April at 12:15pm – HM Coastguard paged LNR and requested to launch and proceed to Rams island where 5 young adults were stranded due to deteriorating weather conditions. Both Ardboe and Kinnego lifeboats boats arrived at Rams island and the casualties were brought on board the Ardboe lifeboat and taken safely to shore at Crumlin marina where LNR had a land vehicle (Lima Romeo 1) waiting along with a coastguard vehicle to transport the 5 persons back to Antrim marina via land. Both lifeboats returned to base at 2.00pm, fueled and ready for service.

Callout 583

Posted on Thursday Feb 25, 2016

LNR were paged by Coastguard at 13:15 to a report of a boat that was broken down and lost. Reports placed it somewhere in the SE corner of the Lough. Kinnego Lifeboat located the vessel with one person and one dog onboard north of rams island and took them to Crumlin Marina where they were met by Lough Neagh Coastguard team.

Transport Minister Visit

Posted on Thursday Feb 25, 2016

We welcomed to Antrim Station a visit from Robert Goodwill UK MP Transport Minister who was in Northern Ireland yesterday to meet various search and rescue teams following funding awarded by his department of Transport. Present also were Pupils from Riverside Special School Antrim.




Justice Minister Visit

Posted on Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Justice Minister David Ford Visited Kinnego Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 23rd February seeing first hand the work Lough Neagh Rescue carry out.

Callout 582 / Flood Callout 2

Posted on Sunday Feb 21, 2016

LNR were tasked by PSNI to assist with a missing person search on the river Bann. LNR lifeboats and flood team assisted alongside other agencies over the weekend.

Kinnego Flooding

Posted on Monday Jan 25, 2016

A big thank you to all the crew who helped out yesterday to clean up Kinnego Station, Sands Marine and Southshore Marine buildings after the recent floods.


Posted on Friday Jan 15, 2016

LNR would like to thank James Quinn, Toomebridge for his generous donation of £200. This donation is greatly appreciated.

Flood Callout 1

Posted on Saturday Jan 2, 2016

Saturday 2nd January @ 14:15 – LNR Flood Team was called out on their first call out to the Portadown area to assist a women who needed assistance due to the access road being flooded. Teams from Kinnego and Ardboe where on scene and assisted the lady. Teams back in base at 18:00 hrs.


Callout 581

Posted on Saturday Dec 19, 2015

Belfast coastguard tasked LNR @ 16.37 as concerned council staff had not received an check in call from their warden on Coney Island. Ardboe Lifeboat was tasked to the island and Kinnego Lifeboat was tasked to sweep the shore on route to Coney Island. Ardboe Lifeboat was quickly on scene where crew spotted the wardens vessel tied up at its mooring. Crew then proceeded to the house on the island and were relieved that the warden was fine and that it was just that his communications had failed and due to the bad weather during the day he didn’t have the chance to make the boat trip to the mainland to check inn. Both Kinnego and Ardboe lifeboats were stood down and returned to base.

Murdock Builders Merchants

Posted on Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

LNR would like to thank Murdock Builders Merchants (Dungannon Branch) for selecting Lough Neagh Rescue as there Christmas charity of the year. Presenting A Cheque for £500 to Paul Duffy LNR is Darren Mc Conville Branch Manager and Max Wilson.

Mid-Ulster Business Awards

Posted on Saturday Nov 28, 2015

LNR would like to thank the Mid-Ulster Business Awards for nominating LNR as there charity of the year.
The event was a big success at the event LNR were presented with donations of £2,495.
A big thank you to all who donated on the night and took part in the auction.


Posted on Wednesday Nov 4, 2015


Callout 580

Posted on Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

HM Coast Guard paged All LNR units at 20:20 to proceed towards Belfast International Airport on the eastern side of the Lough as an aircraft had experienced difficulties and was making an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport.
All 3 lifeboats from Ardboe, Kinnego and Antrim along with the reserve lifeboat Support 1 were launched as well as the new emergency response vehicle.
As lifeboats made their way to the eastern side of the lough, HM coastguard informed LNR that the aircraft had landed safely and all lifeboats where to stand down.
All lifeboats and vehicle returned to base.

News Story


Callout 579

Posted on Thursday Oct 1, 2015

HM Coastguard paged Antrim Bay Lifeboat at 18:54 to a 18ft motorboat just off the torpedo platform in Antrim Bay which had suffered engine failure with 4 persons on board. Antrim Bay Lifeboat was quickly on scene, secured a line and towed boat back to Antrim Marina. Lifeboat back in station at 19:36

Callout 578

Posted on Saturday Sep 26, 2015

HM Coastguard paged and tasked both Ardboe & Kinnego lifeboats @ 16:35 to a yacht in difficulty around Tolans sound area. Ardboe lifeboat spotted the yacht just of the Skane Flat and began to tow the vessel. Kinnego lifeboat arrived on scene and Ardboe handed the tow over to them as the yacht was berthed at Kinnego marina. Vessel was safely moored back at Marina. 2 Persons Assisted.

Callout 577

Posted on Saturday Sep 12, 2015

At 20:20 HM Coastguard tasked both Ardboe & Kinnego lifeboats to reports of 6 persons on board a small speed boat taking on water in Kinnego bay. Both boats quickly launched and while on route were stood down as casualty vessel had made it safely to shore and all were safe and well. All lifeboats returned to base.

Callout 576

Posted on Thursday Sep 10, 2015

HM Coastguard paged LNR at 11:35 to a 30 ft motor cruiser in difficulty around 3 islands area of Toome bay. Ardboe Lifeboat quickly launched to that area with the assistance of Antrim Bay Lifeboat. Kinnego Lifeboat was put on standby. Unable to spot the vessel in that area Ardboe lifeboat extended their search area. Vessel was then found with 2 persons on board drifting close to rocks north of O’Neills flat. The vessel was then put under tow and safely brought to Antrim Marina as conditions were deteriorating with a strong east wind. Lifeboats returned to base at 13.20.

Callout 575

Posted on Saturday Sep 5, 2015

HM Coastguard paged Antrim Bay Lifeboat at 21:26 to a 27 foot motor boat that had got disoriented going into Antrim Bay. The vessel was quickly located and a crew member was put on board the casualty vessel to pilot the boat back to Antrim Marina.
Lifeboat back in base at 21:55.

Callout 574

Posted on Saturday Sep 5, 2015

HM Coastguard paged LNR at 17:02 to a 16 foot motor boat at Toome bay that had suffered engine failure. Antrim Lifeboat first on the scene assisted the casualty vessel until Ardboe Lifeboat arrived and towed the vessel and its crew back to Ballyronan marina. All crew on board were safe and well.
Lifeboats back in base at 18:30.

Callout 573

Posted on Sunday Aug 30, 2015

Coastguard paged Antrim Bay Lifeboat at 14:50 to reports of a 16ft motorboat with engine trouble. Antrim Lifeboat was quickly launched and located the casualty vessel 500 yards off the Antrim shoreline. The boat was secured under tow and brought back to Antrim Marina. The one person on board was safely brought to shore.
Lifeboat back in base by 15.10.