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Busy weekend for local Coastguard teams on Antrim coast

A weekend of sunshine and warm temperatures across Northern Ireland brought many people to the Antrim coast and led to a busy few days for Coleraine and Ballycastle Coastguard Teams who responded to several calls.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said:

“On Saturday afternoon (4 June), the teams deployed rope rescue equipment to recover a dog fallen over a cliff near the Causeway Hotel. Thankfully the pet was brought to the top safe and well.

“On Saturday evening the teams were tasked to extricate an injured walker at Kinbane Castle. Due to the difficult terrain, the casualty was airlifted by CG helicopter R199 from Prestwick and handed into the care of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

“On Sunday afternoon (5 June), the teams responded to reports of an injured casualty at the base of the cliffs at Fair Head, Ballycastle. Again, due to the extreme nature of the location, R199 winched the casualty from the boulder field, transferring to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.”

Coleraine and Ballycastle Coastguard Teams also were tasked on Friday evening (3 June) after reports that a person was trapped on a cliff face at Ramore Head, Portrush.

A rope rescue technician was lowered down the cliff face, securing the casualty. Both were winched to the top of the cliff and the casualty was thankfully unhurt.

Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has praised the efforts of emergency services who attended 3 separate incidents in the Ballycastle area over the weekend.

Cllr Cara McShane said:

"I want to thank all of those emergency services who attended 3 incidents in as many days in our local area. The multi-agency response, including HMCG Helicopter R199, the Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard teams and the Ambulance Service, have to be commended for their quick response on each occasion, which no doubt saved lives this weekend.

"With the Bank Holiday and the good weather, large numbers of people had flocked to the coastline.

HMGC Helicopter at one of the kenbane incidents Picture Gareth O Brien/ McAuley Multimedia.

"A number of local events were also taking place so the area was particularly busy.

"On Saturday evening, however, an incident occurred at Kinbane Head which involved a woman getting into difficulty. She had to airlifted as it was not possible for the ambulance to access the casualty by road. She was then taken to the Causeway hospital by road ambulance.

"On Sunday, a person was airlifted from Fairhead and taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) - the helicopter landed at Belfast City Airport where the man was then transferred by road ambulance to the RVH. The emergency services also attended an incident earlier in the week at Kinbane.

"I am very aware of the logistical difficulties that emergency services personnel would have faced at both locations; and on behalf of all of our community, I want to thank them everyone involved for their efforts."


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