Portrush RNLI involved in rescue of injured man who fell onto rocks
Both Portrush RNLI’s lifeboats were requested to launch by the Coastguard today (Friday 7 August) at 2.56pm to reports of a man who had fallen onto rocks between Runkerry and Smugglers Cave.
Although the weather was partly cloudy, visibility was good and both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats and their volunteer crews arrived on scene at 3.15pm.
It was established that the man had sustained leg and ankle injuries, and needed medical attention. The Coastguard had treated the casualty on scene and then assisted with the transfer to the inshore lifeboat along with a paramedic. The casualty was then transferred to the waiting all-weather at 3.47pm. The Coastguard had attended to the casualty prior to the evacuation.
The all-weather lifeboat returned to Portrush Harbour with the casualty and paramedic and handed the gentleman over to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
Speaking following, the call out, Keith Gilmore, Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: 'This was a perfect example of good inter-agency working. It also gave our volunteer crews an opportunity to deploy their casualty care skills in which they are trained. We would like to send our best wishes to the gentleman and wish him a speedy recovery.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.