Nearly 100 rescued in stormy Strangford sailing event

The RNLI
The RNLI

By staff reporter

A major incident was declared earlier today as dinghies taking part in a sailing competition were hit by stormy weather in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.

A rescue operation has been under way after some 80 sailing dinghies were hit by the weather and a rescue operation was underway after some of the boats capsized, said Belfast Coastguard.

A total of 97 people are thought to have been rescued from the County Down lough. Six of these had to be transported to Ulster hospital for minor injuries, including hyperthermia.

The sailors were participating in the GP14 World Championship Races from the East Down Yacht Club outside Killyleagh.

Everyone taking part has been accounted for, according to The Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

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