Portrush RNLI has a busy weekend

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Portrush RNLI was requested to launch twice this weekend to reports of people in difficulty.

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Portrush Relief All Weather Lifeboat

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch twice this weekend to reports of people in difficulty.

The first request by the Coastguard was on Saturday evening at 9.36 pm. The Inshore Lifeboat was launched to reports of a kayaker in difficulty at the Skerries. Visibility was excellent, with a calm sea and a light wind. The ILB quickly located the kayaker and established that he was very experienced and had taken all precautions, so all was well. A false alarm with good intent.

The second shout was on Sunday afternoon at 12.50pm. The All-weather Lifeboat was launched to reports of two people caught on a ledge at Giants Causeway. The ALB was requested to launch to assist the Coastguard with a medical evacuation if required. Again, weather conditions were good, with excellent visibility and a light North easterly wind. Before the ALB reached the scene, the local Coastguard team had located the two people and were able to carry out the rescue without assistance from the volunteer crew. The ALB was stood down and returned to station

Beni McAllister Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush RNLI said: -

‘This is our 4th launch since Thursday for our volunteer crews and we have no doubt that this will be the pattern for the summer. However, it seems that people are heeding the safety message in terms of dialling 999 and alerting the Coastguard if they see something that doesn’t look right. We would rather be safe than sorry, especially as more and more people are enjoying our beautiful beaches.

More information can be downloaded from www.rnli.org/safety

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