Cunningham praises Coastguard and RNLI following rescue operation

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Dónal Cunningham, Chair of Moyle Council, has praised the Coastguard Rescue Teams and the RNLI following the successful rescue of two kayakers at the base of cliffs on Carrick-a-Rede Island on Saturday.

Shortly before 1.10 pm Belfast Coastguard received a report of two kayakers stranded at the base of cliffs on Carrick-a Rede island, following the capsize of their boats. Rope rescue teams from Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard were quick on the scene and were able to bring both persons back to the top of the cliff.

The Portrush All Weather RNLI lifeboat was also in attendance to provide safety cover, and was able to provide assistance to another two kayakers who were struggling in the heavy swell

Councillor Cunningham praised the all of those involved in the rescue: “The speed of the rescue is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our local coastguard and lifeboat crews – and in this instance it may well have made all the difference.

“This incident also highlights the need to advise Belfast coastguard by Radio or telephone of any planned sea journey.”