Red Bay RNLI assist in search for two missing climbers on Fair Head
Red Bay RNLI all weather lifeboat launched last night (Saturday 2 September) at 10.10pm to assist in locating two missing climbers on Fair Head near Ballycastle.
A Coastguard rescue helicopter from Scotland was also requested to join the search. Conditions at the time were described as stormy with force six winds on scene.
The two men were successfully located about fifteen metres up the steep rock face and winched on board the helicopter. The Red Bay lifeboat stood by during the extraction of the two casualties off the rock to illuminate the scene with powerful search lights.
The volunteer lifeboat crew returned to station shortly after midnight.
Commenting on the callout Red Bay RNLI Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin said, ‘ Thankfully the two walkers were located very quickly last night as sea conditions were quite poor in the area. The quick extraction of the walkers was aided by the powerful search light of the Red Bay all weather lifeboat and the two men did not suffer any injuries.’
‘Fair Head is a popular area for walkers but people need to take proper precautions. The terrain is extremely rocky and in a fading light can be quite challenging with walkers getting caught out and liable to get stranded or into difficulty.
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For more information please contact Red Bay RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Paddy Mc Laughlin Tel 07802 308821 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 00 353 87 1254 124 e: Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk /
Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk
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