97 In Water As Dinghy Race Vessels Capsize, Northern Ireland

http://news.sky.com/story/1316857/97-in-water-as-dinghy-race-vessels-capsize

A major rescue operation is under way to rescue 97 people after vessels capsized during a dinghy race in Northern Ireland.

The incident happened as around 80 sailing dinghies were hit by bad weather in Strangford Lough, south of Belfast.

Thirteen rescue boats and two helicopters have been sent to the scene.

Bernard Roddy, from the RNLI, told Sky News six people have been rescued from the water.

He said one of them needed to be treated for shock.

Heavy rain and strong winds hit the area and caused a number of vessels to capsize, he said.

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Fingers crossed they all get to safety asap.
 
RAF Valley and the Irish Coastguard sent a heli each, which swept the lough ( actually an inlet of the Irish Sea ) to ensure all had been recovered. Lots of local excitement in case His Williamness had been flying the big yellow bird.

The Coastguard ended the seach around 16:00 with everyone accounted.

For the aviation geeks, the helis were an S-61 and an S-92. Types which first flew in 1959 and 1998 respectively!
 
The Valley cab refuelling at Newtownards.

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The fact that all the weather forecasts had been going on about storms caused by Ex-Hurricane Bertha didn't make anyone think "Hmm, may not be the best day to chuck hundreds of wee boats onto the water..."
 
The fact that all the weather forecasts had been going on about storms caused by Ex-Hurricane Bertha didn't make anyone think "Hmm, may not be the best day to chuck hundreds of wee boats onto the water..."

Stop trying to be sensible.
 

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