Saturday 1 October 2016

Two body boarders rescued from rocks at Irish beach

Published 18/07/2016 | 14:23

RNLI lifeguards
RNLI lifeguards

Two body boarders have been rescued after they got trapped on rocks at a Portrush beach.

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The two men were caught at the mouth of a cave at the east end of Whiterocks beach on Sunday afternoon.

The alarm was raised around 4.30pm by a member of the public.

RNLI lifeguard Ali Boyd drove the Rescue Water Craft while Bosco McAuley accompanied him as crew.

They went to the scene, around 500 metres offshore, but a heavy swell made it impossible to bring the rescue craft close to the trapped pair.

With the waves breaking over the men’s heads, the lifeguards waited until there was a lull in the set before Bosco jumped into the water and swam to the rocks.

The first man went into the water and Bosco brought him to the waiting rescue craft.

The three of them immediately returned to shore before the two lifeguards headed straight back to the scene to recover the second casualty.

The second man was showing signs of exhaustion and Bosco once again swimming out to him while Ali kept the rescue water craft close-by, circling to ensure he stayed clear of the waves and avoided the rocks.

When back on shore both men were brought to the Lifeguard hut and were administered casualty care.

Bosco said: "It was a busy day on the beach yesterday and we are always conscious that there can be things happening anywhere at anytime.  We had just finished an exercise and were able to launch the Rescue Water Craft immediately.

"Despite the warm day, the sea swell was huge with massive waves breaking over the heads of the body boarders as they waited on rocks. They had managed to scramble on these rocks when they got into difficulty and were able to wait for help. This was a rescue where every second counted and thankfully these two men are now home safe and well."

Belfast Telegraph

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