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Rescuers call off the search for man swept out to sea

BY JACK BRENNAN

The Coastguard has called off its search for a man who was swept out to sea on Saturday.

Stormy conditions wreaked havoc with the rescue attempt in Portrush all weekend, but yesterday it was confirmed the search had ended and the investigation is now in the hands of police.

Hopes of finding the man alive dwindled on Sunday as bad weather hindered rescue efforts.

Ian Murdock from Portrush Coastguard said: "We will be carrying out no further searches unless directed to do so by the PSNI."

Rescue teams from Portrush, Coleraine and Ballycastle scoured the area yesterday morning looking for any sign of the missing man, but none was found. The man, thought to be a 38-year-old Polish national living in the Dungannon area, was returning from a fishing trip with two friends when he fell into the sea at Ramore Head at around 4pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man is in a critical condition at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine after being rescued from the water in Portstewart on Saturday evening.

The man, who reportedly fell into the water from the harbour wall around 6pm, was winched to safety by the Irish Coastguard.

Mr Murdock said anyone thinking of going fishing stood "a better chance of survival if they have the proper equipment on".

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