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Portrush RNLI have a busy May Bank Holiday

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI was launched to two shouts this Sunday in a busy start to the Bank Holiday weekend.

RNLI/Judy Nelson

Portrush ILB

Portrush RNLI was launched to two shouts this Sunday in a busy start to the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Inshore Lifeboat was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 5.33 pm this evening (Sunday 30th May) to reports of a male entering the water at the East Strand. Despite the heavy traffic and Bank holiday crowds in the town the volunteer Lifeboat crew was able to launch at 5.40pm and was on scene at 5.44pm. Weather conditions were perfect with clear skies and excellent visibility.

The ILB crew launched to the East Strand to assist the Coastguard, but the male was subsequently taken into the care of the PSNI. Whilst on this call the ILB volunteer crew were alerted to a missing child also on the East Strand. The child was located very quickly and the ILB returned to station at 6.10pm.

Beni McAllister Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush RNLI said: -

‘We are delighted to see visitors back on our beaches after the periods of lockdown, but we would ask members of the public to be careful when at the beach and observe safety precautions. Our RNLI Lifeguards are on duty and are only too happy to give advice about enjoying the beach safely. Also, children can wander off very quickly and can get lost on a busy beach, so we would ask parents to keep a close eye on their children, as we can appreciate the panic this can generate when a child goes missing. The RNLI also have great advice on their website. For more information, please go to


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