Northern Ireland

Emergency crews muster for NI's largest sea rescue exercise

The scene in Belfast Lough
Image caption The scene of the rescue exercise in Belfast Lough

Northern Ireland's largest live sea rescue exercise has taken place on Belfast Lough.

The coastguard, fire service and RNLI lifeboat crews from six stations were involved in the dramatic air sea mock rescue.

Operation Diamond also involved crews from Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Helicopters, rescue boats and about 360 people were involved. The emergency training began at 09:30 BST on Sunday.

The mock situation was a rescue from a sinking passenger ferry with 50 passengers on board.