Despite the best efforts of the Portpatrick lifeboat crew, along with scores of other volunteers from various emergency services, a huge search off the Isle of Man on Saturday ended in tragedy.
The alarm had been raised in the early hours of Saturday morning, when a 16-foot boat with two anglers on board had failed to return after launching from a beach on the north coast of the Isle of Man on Friday afternoon.
Initially RNLI lifeboats from Peel and Ramsay on the Isle of Man were launched to search for the missing vessel before lifeboats from Portpatrick and Port Erin launched to join the search, along with a helicopter from RAF Valley and a fixed wing aircraft.
The missing vessel with no crew was found shortly before 2pm on Saturday. Two bodies were recovered approximately three hours later. All RNLI lifeboats were stood down at 5pm. and the John Buchanan Barr arrived back at Portpatrick nearly 12 hours after being launched.
Portpatrick RNLI spokesman Phil Bestjan said: “The crew of the Portpatrick lifeboat were greatly saddened by the tragic outcome of this incident. The thoughts and sympathy of everyone at the RNLI go out to the families of the two men at this very sad time.”