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Red Bay RNLI called out to stranded walkers on Fair Head

Red Bay RNLI were called out on Thursday afternoon to the aid of stranded of walkers on Fair Head.

The Volunteer lifeboat crew received reports of two walkers stranded on the Boulder Field at Fair Head, Antrim.

Red Bay RNLI launched both their lifeboats and when on scene, illuminated the Boulder Field.

The two walkers were quickly identified around 150 metres up from the sea in freezing temperatures.

The lifeboat guided the coastguard helicopter to the walkers where they were then winched to safety.

Red Bay RNLI Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin said: "We would strongly advise people to think twice about walking or hiking on difficult terrain in freezing temperatures.

"Every year we answer a number of callouts to walkers or hikers on Fair Head but in this weather the risks are even greater.  The surface is very slippy and difficult to navigate and access to the area can be quite challenging for search and rescues crews.

"We are always on call to help those in trouble or difficulty and thankfully this time one of the group was able to raise the alarm."


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