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RNLI lifeguards assist two paddle boarders on Whiterocks beach

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RNLI lifeguards assisted two stand-up paddle boarders on Whiterocks beach in Portrush on Saturday (11 July) during strong off shore winds.

Senior RNLI lifeguard Bosco McAuley spotted two people in difficulty at 3.40pm approximately 100 metres out to sea within the lifeguards flagged patrol zone on the beach.  The two females were both on stand up paddle boards when they got caught off guard by a strong off shore wind.

Weather conditions were described as overcast and windy at the time. There was about 1-2 foot of surf.

After observing the situation Bosco asked his RNLI lifeguard colleagues Bruce Traill and Ali Boyd to assist.  Bruce quickly put on his RNLI rescue watercraft kit while Ali launched the jet ski into the water.

Bruce then proceeded to the two paddle boarders and assisted them safely back to shore before going back to retrieve the two paddle boards.

Senior RNLI lifeguard Bosco McAuley said: ‘Offshore winds during the summer season can cause issues on the beaches, when these situations arise we are on scene and can quickly deal with them to ensure the public’s safety.’

RNLI Supervisor Tim Doran added: ‘Anyone who gets into difficulty the water should try to remain calm, raise their arm and signal for help.  Our lifeguards are well trained when it comes to spotting people in danger in the water and are quick to respond.’

With numbers on the beaches expected to increase for the July holidays this week, Tim reminded people to be mindful of the RNLI’s key safety advice – particularly for those planning to use the water: ‘If you are planning on visiting a beach this summer, choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, which mark the safest area to swim and are an indicator that lifeguards are on duty. If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call on the help of a lifeguard or dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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