Larne RNLI rescue two kayakers at Ballygally Head
Larne RNLI has rescued two kayakers who got into difficulty off the County Antrim coast this evening (Tuesday 27 September).
The volunteer lifeboat crew responded to a launch request from Belfast Coastguard at approximately 6.30pm following reports of two kayakers in difficulty at Ballygally Head.
The initial alarm was raised by a member of the public reporting two kayakers in trouble with one kayaker in the water.
Weather conditions were described as blowing a Force 3-4 wind with a slight swell and reduced visibility due to darkness falling.
Both Larne RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at 6.42pm and the crews were quickly on scene. The casualties were located and recovered into the inshore lifeboat and were medically assessed by the crew.
Larne’s inshore lifeboat crew transferred the kayakers safely back to shore at Ballygally and into the care of the Coastguard while the all-weather lifeboat returned the kayaks to shore.
Speaking following the call out, Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy said: 'The kayakers were located quickly this evening and returned safely to shore and we like to wish them both well following their ordeal.
‘Our volunteer crew train all year round to ensure when the pager sounds they are competent to complete any rescue and this training quickly swung into action this evening. We would like to commend the member of the public who contacted the Coastguard and we would urge anyone who sees someone in distress around the coastline to never hesitate in dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.’
Photo courtesy of Donna McMaster.
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