Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

RNLI saves pair stranded on rocks

An RNLI volunteer carried out a dramatic solo rescue by swimming from a lifeboat to the aid of a brother and sister stranded upon rocks.

The stricken young man, believed to be 23, and his 14-year-old sister got into difficulty while walking in the boulder field at Fair Head rocks on the north Antrim coast.

The RNLI received their call for help at 6.25pm on Saturday, prompting the first callout for Red Bay RNLI’s new lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Geoffrey Charles was launched and battled rough waters to make it to the rocks.

A volunteer crew member then donned a drysuit and lifejacket and swam over to the pair on the rocks.

One by one, they were rescued using a rope and recovered onto the lifeboat before landing at Ballycastle.

The relieved brother and sister escaped injury and required no further medical attention.

Red Bay RNLI helm Paddy McLaughlin warned of the dangers of coastal walks.

He said: “Although people like to walk in this scenic area of north Antrim, it can be a very dangerous spot.

And Mr McLaughlin commented on the successful first callout for the new lifeboat.

“The two people are recovering well from their ordeal.”

He added: “The new lifeboat was only put on station less than a fortnight ago.”

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