A man and a woman have been treated for hypothermia after they were found clinging onto a sinking speedboat in Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland

Two people have been rescued after they were found clinging onto the side of their sinking speedboat in Lough Neagh – the largest freshwater lake in Northern Ireland.

The pair were found by the Ardboe lifeboat on Sunday night (7 May), around one mile west of Gawleys Gate.

Both of them were retrieved from the water and were taken by the Ardboe crew to Crumlin Marina at Sandy Bay where they were met by paramedics with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

They were treated on shore for the effects of hypothermia before being taken to hospital for observation.

On its Facebook page, Lough Neagh Rescue (LNR), an independent charity which runs the Ardboe lifeboat, said: “This was a time critical incident and the skipper on board the casualty vessel did everything right, firstly both persons on board were wearing PFD’d (Personal Flotation Devices), at the first sign of trouble they contacted the Coastguard, gave location of vessel, the nature of the emergency and the number of persons on board.”

A speedboat being towed at Lough Neagh

The speedboat being towed to safety. Credit: Lough Neagh Rescue

“This ultimately saved valuable time in the search and was a contributing factor to the successful outcome,” it continued.

“LNR has since learned that the casualties have been released from hospital and we wish them a speedy recovery. We would also like to thank the member of the public who provided an additional blanket for the casualties whilst in Crumlin Marina,” it stated.

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After the couple were in the care of the paramedics, the crew of the Ardboe lifeboat returned to the sinking 17-foot speedboat.

Lough Neagh Rescue said that as the air pocket in the bow of the vessel was “uncompromised”, the crew were able to attach a tow line, re-float and “cautiously” bring the vessel safely to shore.