Larne RNLI assist kayaker in difficulty near Portmuck
Larne RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard on Saturday (12 June) to reports of a kayaker in the water north east of Skernaghan Point close to Portmuck in Islandmagee.
Launching the inshore lifeboat, Terry, at 3.26pm, the volunteer crew made their way towards the location of the casualty. As they were approaching the area, it was reported that the casualty had been recovered from the water by a local fishing boat.
Upon reaching the fishing boat, the volunteer crew recovered the casualty from the boat into the lifeboat and began to administer first aid. They also recovered the kayak to be towed into the safety of Portmuck harbour.
Upon reaching the harbour, the casualty was handed over to the care of Portmuck Coastguard team and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
Larne RNLI Helm, Barry Kirkpatrick said following the call out: ‘We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery and commend the crew of the fishing vessel who were on scene first.
‘The casualty was wearing a lifejacket and all of his equipment was in good working order order. Sometimes even with the correct preparation, the sea can still be very unpredictable. We would recommend anyone going to sea always carries a means of calling for help should they get into any trouble.’
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.