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Portrush RNLI launched to reports of a person cut off by tide at Benbane Head

Lifeboats News Release

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 8.13pm on Friday evening to reports of a person cut off by the tide whilst climbing around the base of Benbane Head.

Portrush RNLI's all-weather lifeboat


Portrush RNLI's all-weather lifeboat

The all-weather lifeboat and her crew under Coxswain Johnny Weston launched at 8.35pm to the scene in perfect weather and sea conditions.

The all-weather lifeboat crew were guided to the casualty by the Coastguard who were on the cliffs above the scene. The volunteer crew launched the daughter inflatable craft – the Y boat from the lifeboat and were able to rescue the person from the pebble beach underneath the cliff.

Portrush RNLI's crew returned to station in a beautiful calm sea, arriving back in harbour at 9.20pm. The person wasn’t injured and was very grateful for the speedy assistance.

Charles Grossie, Portrush RNLI Deputy Launching Authority said: 'This was a classic call out for our crew who launched the lifeboat into a calm sea and a beautiful Portrush evening and were able to arrive on scene very quickly and rescue the person from the base of the cliff and bring him back safely to harbour. As we are now entering our busy summer season, we would ask people if they see anyone in difficulty to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.'


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