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Coastguard warns after two teens get caught in rip current at Portstewart Strand

HM Coastguard has issued a warning to the those enjoying the beaches this week during the spell of warm weather, after two teenagers were caught in a rip current on Portstewart Strand on Tuesday 9 August.

The Coleraine Coastguard team were tasked yesterday afternoon to the incident in which the two young people were injured.

Yesterday, a spokesperson for Coleraine Coastguard said:

“The Coleraine team was tasked this afternoon for two teenagers caught in a rip current on the east end of Portstewart Strand. They were dragged into rocks and managed to make shore but sustained injuries and were suspected of inhaling sea water.

“After receiving treatment from RNLI lifeguards, one was transferred by ambulance to hospital and the second was released into the care of their parents.

“The coastguard would like to remind visitors to our beaches of the dangers of rips which are strong currents running out to sea, quickly dragging people from the shore.”

The Coastguard offered the following advice if you ever get caught in a rip current.

• Don’t panic

• Don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted.

• If you can stand, wade don’t swim.

• If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore.

• Always raise your hand and shout for help.

On beaches with lifeguards, swim between the yellow and red flags.

If you see anyone in danger at the beach, dial 999 COASTGUARD.


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