200 people back on land after sailing dinghies rescue

More than 200 people have been returned to shore after 87 sailing dinghies were hit by stormy weather in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

The Bangor and Portaferry Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI lifeboats, the Irish Coast Guard helicopter along with the helicopter from RAF Valley were sent to the scene, along with PSNI and ambulance crews.

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Strangford Lough affected by powerful tides

Strangford Lough is an area affected by powerful tides from the sea. It is a short distance south west of Belfast in Co Down.

Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland Credit: Northern Ireland Tourist Board/PA

It is popular with all sorts of watersports enthusiasts and a dedicated canoe trail has been laid out along its waters.

Strangford Lough is a short distance south west of Belfast in Co Down. Credit: Google Maps

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