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Police are carrying out an investigation after damage was caused to the RNLI lifeboat in Portrush

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 A female has been evacuated from Ballintoy Harbour after getting injured while taking part in a organised event at the Harbour. She was reported at being in water with injuries Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguards teams NIAS were called and Portrush All Weather Lifeboat as well. Her condition was assessed on scene and she was evacuated by small Y boat to Portrush All weather Lifeboat who transported her to Ballycastle to a waiting ambulance. PICTURE MATT STEELE/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Police are carrying out an investigation after damage was caused to the RNLI lifeboat in Portrush.

Inspector Yvonne McManus said: “Unknown individuals gained access to the boat overnight while it was docked in the Harbour. They broke the lock off an internal cabin door and it appears they then attempted to tamper with the throttle.

The boat is a valued lifesaving resource and the RNLI as a charity rely on public donations to maintain this life saving service.

It is despicable that anyone would attempt to cause any kind of damage to the lifeboat.

Thankfully the damage is minor and the boat is still available for emergencies.

Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 469 18/11/17.”

A RNLI spokesperson said. ” The damage was caused to our relief lifeboat ‘The Duke of Kent’ while she was moored alongside on the pontoon.”

Commenting on the news that vandals had caused damage to the relief lifeboat in Portrush ‘The Duke of Kent’. Local UUP councillor Norman Hillis said the R N L I carry out very valuable work and it is unbelievable that mindless vandels could even contemplate damaging the lifeboat which is highly valued by all residents and visitors to Portrush. I sincerely hope the perpetrators are found quickly and brought to court.

Independent councillor Padraig McShane said that both Cushendall and Portrush RNLI do an outstanding job protecting sea farers and those who live and enjoy our coast.

He continued;

“It is inconceivable that someone would attempt to damage our lifeboats. I want to condemn this action in the strongest terms.

“I would be sufficiently concerned about the individual or individuals who carried this out and call on them to turn themselves in. Actions like these can only be explained by underlying problems and it may be that they need help.

If anyone has any evidence or information on who attacked the boat in Portrush, I would appeal to them to bring it forward to the relevant authorities.”

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