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Red Bay Lifeboat launches in early hours to aid unwell open water swimmer

The volunteer lifeboat crew of RNLI Red Bay launched in the early hours of Wednesday morning (August 24) after a person involved in open water swimming became unwell.

Red Bay crew were paged at 12.13am to assist the person who was onboard a vessel.

A spokesperson for RNLI Red Bay said:

“The lifeboat crew administered first aid before recovering the female to the Lifeboat Station in Cushendall for further treatment, and into the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service before being transferred to hospital.”

Commenting on the incident, a spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:

“HM Coastguard coordinated the rescue of a cross channel swimmer from the water, near Cushendall and Red Bay, County Antrim, during the early hours this morning (August 24).

“Led by Belfast Maritime Coordination Centre, just after midnight Red Bay RNLI and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service were tasked to assist the swimmer, who was suffering with medical issues.

“The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat station where she received medical support until the ambulance service arrived. She was then put into the care of the ambulance service.”

The person’s condition remains unknown.


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