Youths ‘put lives at risk’ climbing Kenbane cliffs

PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Local photographer Kevin McAuley captured the moment teenagers were scaling the cliffs at Kenbane without any visible or safety equipment over the weekend.

Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening Councillor Joan Baird said ‘I was absolutely amazed to hear that youths were scaling the cliffs at Kenbane outside Ballycastle. Climbing on these cliffs simply accelerates erosion and adds to instability.

I can imagine that it would be a very dangerous place at the moment following the recent snow and heavy rain we had in the area.

This also puts emergency services such as the Coastguard Cliff teams and RNLI Boats at risk as well as Helicopter crews.’

Ryan Gray, Senior Maritime Operations Officer for HM Coastguard said: ‘The recent photos taken at Ballycastle are concerning, we want people to enjoy themselves at the coast by making sure their visit is one to remember and not one they’d rather forget.

We strongly recommend you do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so, and don’t attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut. If unequipped for a climb it only takes one slip or a loose rock for it to end in tragedy.

Remember, if you think someone might be in trouble along the coast or out at sea please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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