Two shouts in one day for the volunteers at Portpatrick RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Portpatrick lifeboat was tasked twice in one day.

The first call was at 08:00 to assist 2 kayakers that had capsized and were in the water, about 4 miles west of Portpatrick.

The casualties were rescued by the volunteer crew of Portpatrick Lifeboat and were brought safely on board the RNLI All Weather Lifeboat the ‘John Buchanan Barr’ by 08:25 only 25 mins after the alarm was raised.

The Second shout of the day was at 12:00 to a suspected casualty stranded on a shingle beach, about two mile south of Portpatrick. After an extensive search of the isolated beach coves and cliffs, it was established that the said casualty was intact a seal enjoying a relaxing afternoon on a private beach. The

Crew and Volunteers returned to the harbour and made ready the RNLI 16-21 Tamar class lifeboat ready for service by 13:20hrs.

RNLI Portpatrick would like to thank the public for their vigilance around the coastline as this is often the first point of contact for a casualty in distress. For more information about coastal safety please contact your local RNLI community safety adviser or visit the RNLI website;

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