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Flares help rescuers find and save crew

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The crew of a sand dredger fired flares to help rescuers locate two men in the water at Lough Neagh, in Northern Ireland.

Fishermen also assisted in the rescue of the men from the sinking dredger one morning late in April and helped save one of them when his lifejacket began slipping off.

HM Coastguard paged Lough Neagh Rescue (LNR) who launched its Kinnego and Ardboe lifeboats to rescue the two people on the dredger that was taking on water, south of Skaddy Tower.

Whilst en-route, it was confirmed that the vessel was no longer afloat and that the casualties were in the water.

The sand barge crew fired flares to earmark the location and fixed a rope under the arms of the man whose lifejacket was slipping off to hold him to the side of the pontoon until the lifeboats arrived.

Both casualties were treated for cold water shock, transferred to the lifeboat and brought to Ballyronan marina where LNR shore crew were awaiting with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

Large debris from the area was also brought to shore, ensuring the area was safe for other vessels before the lifeboats were stood down and returned to base.

A Lough Neagh Rescue spokesperson said, “We would like to acknowledge and thank those on-board the nearby fishing vessel and sand dredgers who came to the aid of the casualties. Their swift actions undoubtedly reduced the risk of loss of life.”

May 09, 2018