Larne RNLI rescue jet skier who had fallen into the water and couldn’t get back

Lifeboats News Release

Larne RNLI were requested to launch yesterday (28 July) evening to rescue a jet skier who had fallen into the water a quarter mile from Tweedsport and couldn’t get back on his jet ski.

RNLI/Steven Lee

The volunteer crew launched the in-shore lifeboat, Terry, at 8:02pm after being requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard and made their way towards the casualty just north of Tweedsport.

Upon reaching the casualty it was discovered that the jet skier had been in the water for around 30 minutes and was holding onto the jet ski, unable to climb back on.

The volunteer crew recovered the casualty into the lifeboat and checked to make sure he wasn’t suffering from his time in the water.

The casualty was brought by lifeboat to Tweedsport into the care of the awaiting PSNI and Larne Coastguard team who then transferred the casualty to the Ambulance service to be checked over. The volunteer crew returned to the jet ski on the water to recover it to the shoreline.

After being stood down, Philip Ford-Hutchinson, Larne RNLI’s Deputy Launching Authority said; ‘When going to sea it is essential that you are properly prepared. Make sure you have the appropriate clothing or wet gear and are wearing a life jacket. Ensure that you know how to operate the craft or vehicle you are using at sea and if you are unsure about its usage, then seek advice on how to operate it correctly.’

He added, ‘The casualty was lucky as cold water shock can set in when you are submerged for any amount of time and in any season. Please when using the water, respect the water’

ENDS

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