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Three stranded on Ballycastle rocks after canoe capsize

By Jonathan Bell

Three people were rescued off the rocks along the Ballycastle shoreline on Saturday afternoon after getting into difficulty.

Two of those involved had to scramble to the rocks for safety after their canoes capsized. While a third who came to assist also got stranded. They were able to raise the alarm and await rescue. Conditions were described as breezy at the time.

Two lifeboats from Red Bay were launched at around 2.30pm and the Coastguard also attended the scene at a remote area along the Co Antrim shoreline.

They were taken to Ballycastle Harbour and their canoes recovered.

Paddy McLaughlin of the RNLI said: "Even during good weather people can get into difficulty. Luckily following the capsize, the three people in the water were near to rocks, they could reach and call for help.

"All three people were uninjured.  We would always advise people who are engaging in canoeing or kayaking to make sure they are wearing a proper floatation device and that they have a means for calling for help."

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