Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Coastguard today (Friday 17 July) at 9.52 pm to reports of three people in difficulty in the water at the East Strand.
An RNLI spokesperson said “The ILB launched at 9.59pm in good conditions in a calm sea. By the time the ILB arrived on scene at 10.02 pm the three persons had been able to make it to shore assisted by a member of the public. The Coastguard was on scene to check on casualties and called an ambulance as a precaution as one had inhaled water.”
The ILB returned to station at 10.14pm.
Keith Gilmore Lifeboat Operations Manager said;-
‘We are glad that people are back on our beaches again, but everyone needs to be mindful that sea conditions can change very quickly and can catch people out unexpectedly. The three casualties were very lucky tonight that a member of the public was on hand to assist them back to shore.