Red Bay and Portrush RNLI launch in challenging conditions to aid in search for missing women

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In freezing conditions this morning (Sunday 14 December) both Red Bay and Portrush RNLI lifeboat crews launched to take part in an intensive search for a missing woman in her thirties.

The two lifeboats carried out a search in freezing winds and heavy swells to try and local the missing woman. The lifeboats were launched at 9.20am and joined both the PSNI and local coastguard in a huge agency search.

The lifeboat crews concentrated their search in the Ballycastle and North Antrim coast area. After three hours the woman was located inland by the PSNI and the search was stood down.

Commenting on the Sunday morning callout Red Bay RNLI helm Paddy McLaughlin said: “Conditions were challenging this morning and we are relieved that the missing woman has been found safe.

“We would advise people to always tell another person where they are going and that if they are concerned for someone’s welfare to make contact with the emergency services. Please also take care around the coastline as the recent weather makes conditions unpredictable.”