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Busy day for Coastguard teams with high tide and strong currents on North Coast


Emergency Services wee tasked to the scene of a casualty on Portstewart Strand.

(Image: Coleraine Coastguard)

High tide and strong currents made for a busy day for volunteer Coastguard teams on the North Coast on Tuesday (8 February).

Emergency Services were tasked at midday after a person sustained an injury in the dunes at Portstewart Strand.

The team assisted Northern Ireland Ambulance Service in the evacuation of the person who had fallen and sustained an injury.



High tide at Portstewart Strand. (Image: Coleraine Coastguard)


Immediately after the incident, the team was alerted to a person in the water nearby. The person had become trapped by the incoming tide and thankfully was brought to safety by police officers and Coastguard personnel.


Later on Tuesday afternoon, Coleraine Coastguard team was paged to a surfer struggling in the strong surf at Portrush East Strand.



Fortunately, the person was able to make it ashore before the team arrived on scene.

The challenging coastal tides prompted Coleraine Coastguard to issue a warning for people to take care. A spokesperson said:


“We are currently experiencing very high tides around all the north coast - beaches with waves reaching right to the edge of the sandhills.

“Please be careful when walking on the beaches as a surge could easily sweep you off your feet.”