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Bangor Coastguard reveals how surfer was found trying to ride waves `dangerously close' to ferry

Bangor Coastguard said a surfer was found to be trying to ride waves close to a Superfast ferry
Marie Louise McConville

BANGOR Coastguard has revealed how a surfer was found trying to ride waves from a ferry.

The team were called out on Monday after the surfer was reported to be "dangerously close" to the Stena Superfast craft.

The ship used its horn to warn the surfer before contacting the coastguard.

Posting on Facebook, Bangor Coastguard said: "Once on scene the team located the casualty and kept eyes on.

"The casualty managed to paddle his way back to shore in Holywood.

"Bangor Lifeboat was also tasked to the incident and was stood down on route."

The post added: "After speaking with the casualty it was confirmed he was intending to surf the wash from the Superfast inbound to Belfast.

"The team warned of the dangers of being to close to such large vessels and about the dangers of being in the shipping lane."

RNLI Bangor said it was "lost for words", adding: "Riding the surf of the Stena ferry in the shipping lane - who could have imagined there was anything wrong with that plan?"

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