Watch: Larne RNLI practise life-saving moves with Dublin Coast Guard

Larne RNLI has carried out a potentially lifesaving training exercise with Dublin Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 off Ballygally Head.

The Coast Guard Sikorsky helicopter joined Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Windsor Runner and its inshore lifeboat Terry to carry out the exercise on Sunday April 10.

The event involved simulating the recovery of a casualty to a helicopter in an emergency situation.

During the high-octane training, the lifeboats practised manoeuvres at speed with the Dublin Coastguard.

In addition, a crew member with a head for heights was winched into the helicopter and a casualty stretcher was transferred from the helicopter to the lifeboat.

The helicopter winchman then took his turn, landing onto the inshore lifeboat.

Larne RNLI is pictured on a training  exercise with Dublin Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 off Ballygally Head. INLT-15-705-con

Larne RNLI is pictured on a training exercise with Dublin Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 off Ballygally Head. INLT-15-705-con

Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy said: ‘This was a very valuable exercise with the Irish Coast Guard.

“It’s fantastic to step up the volume and breadth of our training coming into what is traditionally a busy summer period for call outs.

“Our thanks to the Irish Coast Guard for making this exercise possible.”

The RNLI regularly carries out exercises with other rescue agencies.

A crew member is winched up to the helicopter following a training exercise between Larne RNLI and Dublin Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 off Ballygally Head. INLT-15-704-con

A crew member is winched up to the helicopter following a training exercise between Larne RNLI and Dublin Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 off Ballygally Head. INLT-15-704-con

This training ensures that the crew are able to work effectively with other agencies in an emergency situation, including medical evacuation of a casualty to a helicopter.

The Sikorsky helicopter had previously visited Larne on March 20, when it landed on Curran Point and Larne RNLI received a briefing which included an orientation of the helicopter.

The Larne Coastguard team were also present on the day securing a safe landing zone for the helicopter.