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Teen girls rescued after becoming trapped on rocks in Co Down

By Claire Williamson

Two teenage girls have been rescued after being trapped on rocks in Northern Ireland- at one point waist high in water.

They had been trapped for a number of hours at Ballymacormick Point, Co Down, on Tuesday night.

The alarm was raised at around 9pm after a passerby spotted the girls in difficulty.

Bangor coastguard rescue team, coastguard helicopter and lifeboat were all deployed.

A coastguard waded into the water, rescued the two girls from the rocks and brought them to shore and passed them into the care of the ambulance service.

Although they were very cold, they were uninjured.

The 15-year-old girls were treated by paramedics for the effects of the cold.

Ryan Gray from the coastguard told the BBC: "The girls had gone for a walk but had gone out too far and the tide had come in around them.

"The girls were found very quickly and were brought back very quickly.

"They were very appreciative of the emergency services."

Sarah Annett for the UK Coastguard said: “Always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out.  At sea changes in tidal streams could make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other. Tidal heights may hide underwater hazards.

"Consider whether you could become cut off by the incoming tide, above all do not take risks. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top."

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