This afternoon, Sunday 26th February, the Community Rescue Service (CRS) were called to a dramatic rescue operation on the River Bann.
The CRS received reports of two kayakers in trouble at around 1.30pm in the fast-flowing current near the Cutts at Castleroe.
The kayakers were able to keep themselves afloat and remain in position while awaiting rescue. CRS remained in contact with the individuals until specialist rescue teams arrived and safely removed them from the water. The CRS then proceeded to retrieve the kayaks.
One of the kayakers required medical help and was treated by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) before being released.
Regional Commander Sean McCarry thanked the CRS teams from Coleraine and Ballymoney for their quick response to the serious incident. He acknowledged that the situation had the potential for severe injury or even death, and he credited the two kayakers’ quick thinking and cool heads for averting a potential disaster.
McCarry also advised anyone using the River Bann near the Cutts to exercise extreme caution due to the nature of the feature and its obvious and less obvious dangers.
He praised both kayakers for their actions in what he described as a “scary and dangerous situation,” and thanked the Coastguard Rescue Coordination Centre, the PSNI Control Centre at Maydown, the NI Ambulance crew, and the NIFRS for their assistance.