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Man saved in 'dramatic rescue' off Co Antrim coast

The moment that Red Bay Life Boat Crew saved a mans life at Kenbane Head near Ballycastle on Monday evening. Picture Gareth O Brien/McAuley Multimedia
The moment that Red Bay Life Boat Crew saved a mans life at Kenbane Head near Ballycastle on Monday evening. Picture Gareth O Brien/McAuley Multimedia

A man had a "lucky escape" on Monday evening after being rescued from water off the Co Antrim coast.

The Red Bay and Portrush Lifeboat Stations were notified around 5:30pm that a man had gotten into difficulty in the water at Kenbane Head near Ballycastle.

Lifeboat teams worked with the coastguard and a PSNI rescue helicopter that was in the area to locate the man.

He was seen lying face down in the water and had drifted far from the coast.

The man, estimated to be in his 40s, had been in the sea for a period of time and was suffering from hypothermia when rescued.

He was pulled on board a lifeboat and taken to Ballycastle Harbour before being transferred to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Red Bay Lifeboat Station spokesperson Paddy McLaughlin said that the man was lucky to be alive.

"He's a very lucky guy, it was a dramatic rescue by all involved," Mr McLaughlin said.

"The Red Bay and Portrush lifeboat crews worked with the coastguard and the police to get this guy to safety and it looks like he'll be ok."

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