Belfast Telegraph

Calls for permanent rescue helicopter for Northern Ireland

Calls have been made for a permanent search and rescue helicopter base in Northern Ireland, following a recent spate of rescues.

The call, from SDLP Councillor Donal Cunningham, follows the Irish Coast Guard’s rescue of an injured cyclist on Rathlin Island on Saturday when she had to be taken to a Coleraine hospital for treatment.

Mr Cunningham said he will be asking Moyle District Council to take the lead on the issue and told the Ballycastle Chronicle: "On two occasions recently, rescues in the Moyle area have had to rely on the assistance of an Irish Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo.

“I am full of praise for this cross border co-operation, but I have serious concerns on the level of search and rescue provision available which it exposes."

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