Double rescue near Ballintoy

Ballintoy Rescue PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Ballintoy Rescue PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Emergency services on the North Antrim coast were tasked to a double rescue scenario on Sunday afternoon.

Coast Rescue officers responded to a call at Ballintoy for assistance after a walker fell on rocks and sustained leg injures.

.Coast Rescue officers responded to call call at Ballintoy for assistance after a walker fell on rocks and sustained leg injures on Sunday afternoon. .PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

.Coast Rescue officers responded to call call at Ballintoy for assistance after a walker fell on rocks and sustained leg injures on Sunday afternoon. .PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Two crews from Ballycastle Coastguard responded to the call in Ballintoy together with a Fast responce Paramedic and a crew from the NI Ambulance Service.

The woman’s injuries were treated at the scene to make her comfortable before she was evacuated by stretcher to a waiting Ambulance for onward transfer to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Meanwhile as this was happening a fishing boat called White Falcon and skippered by the Rev Harold Good lost engine power at Kenbane Castle on the North Coast.

The Rev Good is a former president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, who saw the IRA destroys its guns in 2005.

Boat towed into Ballycastle .PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Boat towed into Ballycastle .PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

It was a crucial milestone in the peace process which ended decades of conflict.

The Rev Good’s vessel lost power and local boat men Chris McCaughan and Marvi Kaskoush launched RIB Boisterous from Ballycastle Harbour where they rescued him from Kenbane Castle - the same area where ‘Lord Ran’ a youth training vessel, sank with a crew and Downtown Radio presenters on board between Ballycastle and Ballintoy.

RIB Boisterous towed him back to Ballycastle Harbour where he was safely berthed. Ballycastle Coastguard kept a coastal watch to ensure the safety of the passage.