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Lifeguard rescues teenager from the sea on way home from North West 200

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/05/2016

An off-duty RNLI lifeguard rescued a teenager who had got into difficulties in the sea off Portrush yesterday. File image
An off-duty RNLI lifeguard rescued a teenager who had got into difficulties in the sea off Portrush yesterday. File image

An off-duty RNLI lifeguard rescued a teenager who had got into difficulties in the sea off Portrush yesterday.

Conrad McCullagh, a senior RNLI lifeguard on the Causeway Coast, was cycling from Portstewart where he had been attending the North West 200 when he spotted two people in the water.

Sensing danger, Conrad approached their parents, who called the teenagers to return to the beach.

One, a girl of 15, made her way back safely. But the boy (13) was being dragged out to sea. Hero Conrad got a body board and swam out to rescue the boy.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Karl O'Neill said: "I would like to commend Conrad who wasn't on duty this afternoon but used his RNLI skills and training to remain vigilant, spot the danger and go straight to the family when he suspected the teenagers may be in trouble.

"This rescue serves as a reminder to us all that while we may be experiencing some good weather, we still need to respect the water."

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