Portrush RNLI assist Coastguard to rescue casualty from rocks at Portstewart

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by the Coastguard tonight (10 June) at 8.37pm to reports of a man that had fallen onto rocks at Port-Na-Happle at Portstewart, just off the Convent Walk.

RNLI/Christy Bradley

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by the Coastguard tonight (10 June) at 8.37pm to reports of a man that had fallen onto rocks at Port-Na-Happle at Portstewart, just off the Convent Walk.

Both Portrush inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched as a precaution due to the nature of the incident. The lifeboats arrived on scene at 8.46 pm. Weather conditions and visibility were good and sea state was calm.

On arrival on scene it was established that a young male had fallen approximately 30 feet onto rocks near Port- Na- Happle. Dr Colm Watters, Volunteer lifeboat crew member and consultant at Causeway Hospital Emergency department was transferred from the All-weather Lifeboat to the smaller Inshore Lifeboat and then ashore to assist the Coastguard with the treatment of the casualty and their transferral to ambulance.

Keith Gilmore Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush RNLI said:- ‘We had the opportunity to do some training with our Coastguard colleagues last year and this has paid off in terms of our joint working procedures. We are fortunate to have a volunteer with Colm’s expertise on crew and this was invaluable in this incident. We wish the casualty well and hope he has a speedy recovery.

ENDS

RNLI/Sean McLaughlin

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