Larne RNLI rescues kayakers at Ballygally Head

Larne RNLI pictured off Ballygally Head. INLT-40-700-con
Larne RNLI pictured off Ballygally Head. INLT-40-700-con

Larne RNLI rescued two kayakers who got into difficulty at Ballygally Head yesterday evening (Tuesday September 27).

At approximately 6.30pm, the volunteer lifeboat crew responded to reports of two kayakers in difficulty at Ballygally Head.

A member of the public reported two kayakers in trouble, with one in the water.

Rescuers had to contend with reduced visibility due to darkness falling, a force three to four wind and a slight swell.

Both Larne RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at 6.42pm and the crews quickly arrived at the scene.

The casualties were located and recovered into the inshore lifeboat, where they were medically assessed by the crew.

Larne’s inshore lifeboat crew transferred the kayakers safely back to shore at Ballygally and into the care of the Coastguard while the all-weather lifeboat returned the kayaks to shore.

Speaking after the call out, Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy said: “The kayakers were located quickly this evening and returned safely to shore and we like to wish them both well following their ordeal.

“Our volunteer crew train all year round to ensure when the pager sounds they are competent to complete any rescue and this training quickly swung into action this evening.

“We would like to commend the member of the public who contacted the Coastguard and we would urge anyone who sees someone in distress around the coastline to never hesitate in dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.”