‘Selfish parking could cost lives.’ That is the words from Councillor Norman Hillis as he highlights a growing problem around the lifeboat station with the public parking in an area designated for RNLI personnel and emergency services.
Commenting Cllr Hillis said ‘It is really important that this practice stops as a life could be lost. Seconds often count in an emergency.’
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community a spokesperson for the RNLI said ‘At Portrush Lifeboat we are concerned at the increasing number of motorists who are ignoring the clear signage that indicates that the area outside the Lifeboat House is exclusively for the parking of the Lifeboat Crew and other members of the emergency services.
Not surprisingly this problem is particularly acute at the weekends, and during busy holiday periods. It is possible that if the area in question became very congested then the launch of the Lifeboat could be delayed. Sometimes a speedy launch is absolutely essential for a successful rescue, particularly if casualties are in the water.
There is yellow cross-hatching on the tarmac on one side of the area. Motorists seem to interpret this to mean that it is permissible to park on the opposite side. That is definitely not the case. Nobody should be parking except Emergency Services Personnel.
In an emergency, the Lifeboat crew will park wherever they can find a space, and unfortunately, this could mean blocking in a car belonging to a member of the public, and some rescues necessitate the Lifeboat being at sea for very many hours.
The Lifeboat Crew very much appreciate the enthusiastic support that they receive in so many ways from the public and it would be a matter of great regret
to them if a driver were to be severely inconvenienced’