The Portaferry RNLI lifeboat came to the aid of two fishermen yesterday as their boat sank near Strangford Lough

Two fishermen who were forced to launch their liferaft and abort their sinking boat were rescued yesterday afternoon near Strangford Lough, County Down.

The Portaferry Coastguard and the Portaferry RNLI responded to the emergency call at 1pm yesterday when the 10m fishing boat,Jenemi, got into trouble about eight miles east of the entrance to Strangford Lough. Both men were rescued and safely brought to shore, although there was no indication as to what caused the boat to sink.

Alan Pritchard, watch manager at Belfast Coastguard, which took the 999 call, said, “It’s fortunate that the crew ofJenemihad a liferaft that they could use when they needed to abandon ship.”

Portaferry is one of the busiest lifeboat stations in Northern Ireland and will be introducing an Atlantic 85 RIB (pictured) later this year that can carry more people and will have radar capabilities.