Man dies after being rescued from Ballintoy Harbour

Man dies after being rescued from Ballintoy Harbour

A man has died after being rescued from Ballintoy Harbour this evening. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard Teams attended the incident along with HM Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Prestwick.

The rescue operation was coordinated by Belfast Coastguard.

The PSNI are currently at the scene.

A spokesperson for NIAS said "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 20:48 on Monday 26 July following reports of a water incident at Ballintoy harbour.

NIAS despatched two Emergency crews to the incident.  No-one was taken from the scene.

Glens Independent Councillor and Ballintoy native, Padraig McShane said;

"This is a devastating tragedy on the back of what has been a wonderful summer in Ballintoy. I wish to extend my thoughts and the sympathies of the local community to the family of the deceased."

The Councillor who regularly uses Ballintoy for water sports activities himself cautioned;

"Ballintoy is an area of natural beauty that draws tens thousands of visitors annually. The weather over the last few weeks has increased the numbers entering the waters. People should be aware that the waters remain cold and are not conducive to swimming for long periods. I would urge caution and an enhanced awareness of safety issues when individuals are engaging any water sports activities.

I would also like to commend the emergency and rescue services for their actions in what is an extremely trying situation for all involved.  We also note that Prestwick scrambled their rescue Helicopter which was faced with challenging climate and a blanket of dense fog.

A PSNI spokesperson said "Police responded to a report in relation to a man in the water in the vicinity of Ballintoy harbour on Monday evening (July 26th).

Police attended the scene, along with other emergency services where, sadly, the man's body was recovered from the water and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem is scheduled to determine the cause of death. This death is not being treated as suspicious."

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