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Four rescued from Strangford Lough high tide

Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough is popular with walkers

Two adults and two small children had to be rescued by the RNLI on Monday after they were stranded by high spring tides in Strangford Lough.

They were walking to Rough Island at the north end of the lough but became worried when the tide rushed in.

They were stranded on the island and the lifeboat brought them to safety.

Portaferry Lifeboat Manager, Brian Bailie said they would have been safe on the island but their anxiety was understandable.

"Being a calm day, they would have been quite safe waiting on the island until the tide retreated but tides at this time of year are especially high," he added.

"We can appreciate the anxiety this may cause for people who are unfamiliar with the area.

"The Portaferry RNLI volunteers were glad to be able to help."

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