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Antrim: Lifeboat crew swim to rescue stranded walkers

By Staff Reporter

A lifeboat crew sailed through strong tides before swimming to the bottom of a treacherous cliff to rescue a group of lost walkers.

The two men and a teenager got into difficulty on the Boulder Field at Fair Head, Co Antrim.

They raised the alarm after they became disorientated and were unable to make their way to safety.

The trio managed to make their way to the base of the cliff where they waited for help. Two of the volunteer crew from Red Bay RNLI swam from the lifeboat and helped them to safety. The group were cold but otherwise suffered no injuries. They were brought by lifeboat to Ballycastle and met by the Coastguard team before being returned to their vehicles.

Red Bay RNLI helm Paddy McLaughlin said: "Fair Head is a beautiful part of the coastline and is very popular with walkers and hikers, but we would urge caution.

"We receive a large number of callouts to this location each year from people who injure themselves or get into difficulty on the cliff. Always make sure you know where you are going and that you wear and bring the correct equipment with you. It is also very important that you bring a means of communication in case you get into difficulty."

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