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A busy week for Portrush RNLI Lifeboats and Beach Lifeguards

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A busy week for Portrush RNLI Lifeboats and Beach Lifeguards
Both Portrush lifeboats and the RNLI lifeguards had a busy week as both teams were launched three times on joint operations on the North Coast. The first callout was to reports of two surfers who were reported missing at Benone beach. On Tuesday (19 July 2016) Portrush inshore lifeboat was requested by the lifeguards to assist in the search. Thankfully the surfers turned up safe and well. The second callout on the same day was at 4pm approximately to reports of a lost child at White Rocks beach. The coastguard and the lifeguards searched the beach whilst the inshore lifeboat patrolled the sea just off shore. The child was found safe and well by the lifeguards. On Saturday evening (23 July ) at approximately 6.30pm both teams were called out again. The two Portrush lifeboats and the volunteer crews were requested to launch to reports of swimmers who were missing off the coast between Castlerock and Downhill. Again this was a joint operation with the RNLI Lifeguards, The Coastguard and R118 Search and Rescue helicopter from Sligo. A member of the public had spotted clothes near the beach and raised the alarm. Within minutes both lifeboats were on scene along with the lifeguards who were on rescue water craft. The waters between the two land points were thoroughly searched with no swimmers being found. The search was stood down at 9.15 approx. and described as a ‘false alarm with good intent’ . The RNLI message “Respect the Water” highlights the need to take care and to be vigilant.’We would rather be safe than sorry and report any concerns no matter how small. The RNLI message “Respect the Water” highlights the need to take care and to be vigilant.’ The RNLI lifeguards have been busy on the beaches this week on the North Coast. On Benone beach on Saturday (23 July 2016) the lifeguards assisted a child who had been stung by a weever fish. As part of their training the lifeguards undertake a comprehensive first aid course which equips them to deal with most situations they may encounter on a busy beach in the summer. Photo: RNLI/Portrush
Posted on July 24, 2016 Slideshow