Northern Ireland coastguard launches rescue after 80 boats capsize

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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:54 AM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's coastguard launched a rescue operation on Monday after around 80 small sailing boats capsized during a storm.

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said 97 people ended up in Strangford Lough in strong winds during a world championship race for GP14 class dinghies and 67 had been rescued. At least 10 people were injured, she said.

The Ulster Hospital said it had declared a major incident.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Alison Williams)