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Tourists rescued at Portpatrick during storm

The tourists were successfully rescued. Credit: CGOC Belfast Coastguard

Four tourists from Essex have been rescued by coastguard teams at Portpatrick, on the south west coast of Scotland.

Rescue teams from Portpatrick, Stranraer, Drummore and Ballantrae were sent out, after receiving a 999 call from a lady who had a severe leg injury.

Despite Gale Force Eight winds, gusting up to 70 miles an hour, she and her three companions were found in inaccessible and rough terrain near Dunskey Castle.

The coastguard worked with a Scottish Ambulance Service team to stabilise the woman, and she was then airlifted to hospital.

The three walkers with her were found to be suffering from hypothermia, and were also taken to hospital.

The group of walkers are visitors to the area from Essex.


Bid to buy Portpatrick Harbour for £1

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A community group wants to buy part of the harbour area in Portpatrick - for just £1.

The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society wants the council to sell them the picnic area at Ward Shore so they can develop it for tourism and commercial use.

The group already owns most of the area around the harbour.

“One of the Council’s top priorities is to be an inclusive Council by ensuring that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making. Providing we agree that this is a viable and sustainable project, by transferring ownership of this strip of land at Ward Shore we will be ensuring that the Community are able to utilise whole of the harbour area."

– Councillor Marion McCutcheon, Chair of Wigtown Area Committee

WATCH: Shares in historical harbour up for sale

Do you fancy owning a part of one of our region's most picturesque ports?

Well now there's a chance to buy a share in Portpatrick's 150 year old harbour.

It'll not only raise £75,000 but it'll also give the local community direct ownership of their greatest asset.

Matthew Taylor reports.


Lifeboat officially named

The John Buchannan-Barr Credit: ITV Border

Portpatrick's newest lifeboat will be officially named today. The John Buchanan Barr was paid for by a £2.6million legacy left by Catherine Barr, who died in 2008 aged 98, who wanted the boat to be named after her husband.

The couple's wedding day Credit: ITV Border

The boat has been in service at Portpatrick since November 2011 and the station was one of a number visited by the Duke of Kent on his tour of Dumfries and Galloway this week.

The lifeboat Credit: ITV Border\