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Portrush RNLI launched to reports of a person cut off by tide at Benbane Head

Portrush lifeboat

Portrush RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard at 8.13pm on Friday evening, 9 June, to reports of a person cut off by the tide whilst climbing around the base of Benbane Head.


The All-weather Lifeboat and her crew under Coxswain Johnny Weston launched at 8.35pm to the scene in perfect weather and sea conditions.


Portrush ALB were guided to the casualty by HMCG who were on the cliffs above the scene.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched the daughter craft – the Y boat from the ALB and were able to rescue the person from the pebble beach underneath the cliff.


Portrush ALB returned to station in a beautiful calm sea, arriving back in harbour at 9.20pm. The person wasn’t injured and was very grateful for the speedy assistance


Charles Grossie, Deputy Launching Authority at Portrush RNLI said:


"This was a classic shout for our crew, the volunteer crew launched into a calm sea and a beautiful Portrush evening and were able to arrive on scene very quickly and rescue the person from the base of the cliff and bring him back safely to Harbour.

"As we are now entering our busy summer season. We would ask people if they see anyone in difficulty to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."


Portrush ALB is now back in harbour and both boat and crew have refuelled ready for next shout.


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