August 11, 2014 / 2:48 PM / 3 years ago

Sailors rescued after 80 boats capsize in Northern Ireland storm

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A man works on a dingy near the scene where the world championship race for GP14 class dinghies was held on Strangford Lough in County Down, Northern Ireland August 11, 2014. .Stringer

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 all of 97 sailors involved had been rescued.

The incident took place in strong winds on Strangford Lough during a world championship race for GP14 class dinghies.

At least 10 people were injured and treated at the scene.

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

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