Belfast Telegraph

Trapped family rescued from rocks on Antrim coast

By Gareth Cross

A family were rescued by the Coastguard after getting trapped on rocks off the coast of Co Antrim.

The family, which consisted of six people and a dog, had been exploring when they got trapped on rocks west of Portballintrae.

After waiting three hours to see if the tide would go out, the group decided to ring the Belfast Coastguard for assistance.

Teams from Coleraine, Ballycastle and the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue were sent to help just after 1.30am yesterday morning. The Coleraine Coastguard said the family had been forced to build a fire in an attempt to stay warm.

It said: "The trapped party was quickly located by the Coastguard teams and their position was passed to the helicopter.

"A winchman was lowered to assess the situation and extinguish the fire, before the helicopter carefully manoeuvred and landed on the outcrop.

"All six plus the dog were then airlifted to the cliff top and given into the care of Coastguard personnel.

"There were no injuries, though one of the party had got wet trying to wade unsuccessfully to safety at the start of the incident.

"All were very thankful for Coastguard assistance and were taken home to recover from their ordeal."

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