Coastguard teams in double callout on Friday

Portpatrick Coastguard teams were called out twice in the last week.

Last Friday, the team received a call from Belfast Coastguard after a member of the public phoned with concerns for a group intending to set sail from the harbour for Bangor at around 5.20pm. The crews attended, gave advice and helped them moor safely in harbour to re-assess their intentions.

And at 4.20pm on Tuesday, the crew received reports of a boat which had broken free from moorings and run aground on the beach at Portpatrick.

The crews found members of the public trying to keep the boat from being swept onto rocks. Two team members entered the water in rescue gear and with help managed to refloat it and connect a tow to Portpatrick RNLI ILB for remooring.