Both Portrush lifeboats and the RNLI lifeguards had a busy week as both teams were launched three times on joint operations on the North Coast.
The first callout was to reports of two surfers who were reported missing at Benone beach. On Tuesday (19 July) Portrush inshore lifeboat was requested by the lifeguards to assist in the search. Thankfully the surfers turned up safe and well. The second callout on the same day was at 4pm approximately to reports of a lost child at White Rocks beach. The coastguard and the lifeguards searched the beach whilst the inshore lifeboat patrolled the sea just off shore. The child was found safe and well by the lifeguards.
On Saturday evening (23 July ) at approximately 6.30pm both teams were called out again. The two Portrush lifeboats and the volunteer crews were requested to launch to reports of swimmers who were missing off the coast between Castlerock and Downhill. Again this was a joint operation with the RNLI Lifeguards, The Coastguard and R118 Search and Rescue helicopter from Sligo.
A member of the public had spotted clothes near the beach and raised the alarm. Within minutes both lifeboats were on scene along with the lifeguards who were on rescue water craft. The waters between the two land points were thoroughly searched with no swimmers being found. The search was stood down at 9.15 approx. and described as a ‘false alarm with good intent’.
The RNLI message “Respect the Water” highlights the need to take care and to be vigilant.’We would rather be safe than sorry and report any concerns no matter how small. The RNLI message “Respect the Water” highlights the need to take care and to be vigilant.’
The RNLI lifeguards have been busy on the beaches this week on the North Coast. On Benone beach on Saturday (23 July) the lifeguards assisted a child who had been stung by a weever fish. As part of their training the lifeguards undertake a comprehensive first aid course which equips them to deal with most situations they may encounter on a busy beach in the summer.
Liam Mullan ‘ RNLI Volunteer Lifeguard Press Officer said
‘It is great to see the beaches so busy with people out enjoying our coastline. The RNLI lifeguards and the volunteer lifeboat crews have been working extensively with each other over the past few weeks. I would like to remind the public if you are going to the beach always try to visit a RNLI lifeguarded beach. Remember to keep an eye on the flags and swim between the red and yellow flags. If you get into difficulty raise your hand and call for help. If you see someone in difficulty dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.
The lifeguards are pleased to offer advice if you are on the beach and to help you enjoy your holidays