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Teenager rescued at Strangford Lough after floating out to sea on inflatable unicorn

A teenager was rescued by the RNLI near Strangford Lough on Tuesday after drifting out to see on an inflatable unicorn.

The charity said they were made aware of the incident around 3.45pm by members of the public and dispatched the lifeboat to the Killard Point area near Ardglass.

The teenager was found at Angus Rock and was taken safely aboard the lifeboat by the rescue crew and transported back to Kilclief beach where his concerned family and coastguards awaited.

After the rescue, the charity warned others to take extra care when using inflatable boats in the water.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew launched the coastal lifeboat at 3.45pm sharp and made their way to Killard Point in Strangford Lough.

“The crew started in good weather conditions with excellent visibility, calm seas and a force three westerly wind.

“When the crew arrived at the site at 3:50 p.m. they were faced with a force of three, excellent visibility and a calm sea.

“When the lifeboat crew located the victim at Angus Rock in Strangford Lough, they immediately set about getting the teenager on board the lifeboat while they checked him for injuries.

“The victim was safe and well. The crew then drove back to Kilclief beach and handed the victim back into the care of his family and Coastguard.”

Portaferry RNLI helm Ian Sands added: “We are delighted to be able to rescue the injured man and get him to safety this afternoon. The injured man did the right thing by staying by the dinghy until help arrived.

“It’s important to note that while inflatable boats can be fun, they are not designed for the beach where they can easily be blown up offshore.”

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