Video: Major rescue from Lough Neagh

A GROUP of 17 canoeists were rescued from Lough Neagh after getting into trouble on Wednesday.

The rescue was launched in heavy rain and poor visibility near Ardboe.

Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh

It’s reported that nine of the group were later treated in hospital suffering slight exposure.

Three lifeboats and a police helicopter were involved in getting the party ashore. They were in a number of canoes.

Ambulances were unable to reach them because there was no road access. Instead crews had to wait until the group climbed aboard the boats and were then taken to Ardboe, about two miles from an area of the lough known as Blackers Rock where they called for help at teatime.

The nine were treated at Antrim area hospital.

A third adult - the man who first raised the alarm - was also rescued. He was on the shoreline at the time he called for help, informing the emergency services that the seven canoes had become stranded.

But he then got lost and was eventually located by the police helicopter and picked up by one of the lifeboats.