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Missing climbers rescued off storm-hit Fair Head near Ballycastle

Two climbers had to be rescued off a storm-hit Fair Head near Ballycastle.

Red Bay RNLI lifeboat was called out just after 10pm on Saturday to help track down the climbers. A Coastguard rescue helicopter from Scotland was also drafted in to help with the search operation.

Conditions at the time were described as stormy with force six winds on scene.

The two men were successfully located about fifteen metres up the steep rock face and winched on board the helicopter. The Red Bay lifeboat stood by during the extraction of the two casualties off the rock to illuminate the scene with powerful search lights.

The volunteer lifeboat crew returned to station shortly after midnight.

RNLI Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin said: "Thankfully the two walkers were located very quickly last night as sea conditions were quite poor in the area.  The quick extraction of the walkers was aided by the powerful search light of the Red Bay all weather lifeboat and the two men did not suffer any injuries.

"Fair Head is a popular area for walkers but people need to take proper precautions. The terrain is extremely rocky and in a fading light can be quite challenging with walkers getting caught out and liable to get stranded or into difficulty."

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