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Lifeboats launched to incident at Runkerry

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Portrush lifeboats launched shortly before 3pm this afternoon by request of the Coastguard to reports of a 70-year-old man who had fallen onto rocks between Runkerry and Smugglers Cave.

An RNLI spokesperson said “Although the weather was partly cloudy visibility was good and both boats and their volunteer crews arrived on scene at 3.15pm

“It was established that the man had sustained leg and ankle injuries, and needed medical attention. The Coastguard had treated the casualty on scene and then assisted with the transfer to the ILB along with a paramedic. The casualty was then transferred to the waiting ALB at 3.47 pm. The Coastguard had attended to the casualty prior to the evacuation.

“The ALB returned to Portrush Harbour with the casualty and paramedic and handed the gentleman over to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.”

Keith Gilmore RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush said:

This was another perfect example of good interagency working with colleagues in the Coastguard and the NIAS.It also gave our volunteer crews the opportunity to deploy their Casualty Care skills in which they are trained. We would like to send our best wishes to the gentleman and wish him a speedy recovery’

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