Coastguard rescues tourists trapped at Giant's Causeway
A French and an Italian tourist have been rescued after becoming trapped on rocks at the Giant's Causeway.
They were visiting the causeway when they got cut off by the rising tide after dark on Tuesday. They managed to make contact with the emergency services from the location.
Portrush All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat, Coleraine Coastguard and Ballycastle Coastguard were all tasked to the scene.
The operation was co-ordinated by Belfast Coastguard operations room which sent a Royal Navy Sea King search and rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick in Scotland to assist in the rescue.
One man was rescued by the coastguard while the other had to be airlifted.
He was taken by helicopter to a nearby field at the Giant's Causeway Visitors' centre where he was reunited with his friend.
The helicopter was on its way back to Prestwick when it was tasked again to a vulnerable male in extreme difficulty in the Larne Harbour complex. The SAR helicopter diverted to this call which was also attended by a police helicopter, Larne and Portmuck Coastguard.
Tuesday was one of the busiest days for HM Coastguard this year with Ballycastle dealing with two call-outs and Coleraine Coastguard dealing with four alerts.