Portrush RNLI launched to reports of a person on rocks
Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 7.15pm yesterday evening (Tuesday 20 June) to reports of a person who had fallen onto rocks between Portrush and Portstewart.
The all-weather lifeboat was already out on exercise so was diverted to the scene and was able to arrive approximately 10 minutes after the pagers were activated.
Once on scene, the crew risk assessed the situation liaising with the PSNI and Coastguard in terms of a plan of action to assist the casualty. At this point the inshore lifeboat was requested to launch to assist.
The inshore lifeboat was launched at 7.19pm and arrived on scene within 15 minutes. Once on scene two inshore lifeboat crew went ashore and on assessing the situation. requested that two all-weather lifeboat crew also be brought ashore to assist with the evacuation of the casualty.
The volunteer crew were then able to assist the casualty into the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, HMCG and the waiting Air Ambulance, at the top of the cliff.
Perry Walton, Deputy Coxswain at Portrush RNLI said: ‘Because the crew were already out on an exercise, we were able to respond to the page from HM Coastguard very quickly. Added to the fact that weather conditions were good, we had good visibility and a fairly calm sea, we could locate the casualty immediately and help with the evacuation of the casualty to the cliff top.
'We would always ask people to be careful when walking along the cliff edges as its very easy to lose footing. If you see someone in difficulty, please ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
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