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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Teenager injured off North Coast whilst coasteering

A teenage girl was rescued near Ballintoy earlier this morning after injuring herself whilst coasteering with a group of others.

The local RNLI was tasked to the scene responding with both the Inshore and All-weather Lifeboats.

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It’s reported that the 19-year-old injured female had dislocated her shoulder.

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On arrival, the RNLI crew found the casualty to have already been recovered onto the rocks and was being assisted by colleagues from the Coastguard.

After treatment, the casualty was taken to the nearby Ballintoy Harbour where she was transported by the NIAS to the hospital.

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Beni McAllister Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portrush Lifeboat Station said:

“Our volunteer Lifeboat crew are trained in Casualty Care and have been able to maintain this training during lockdown as it is a key part of our operation. This was classic transfer for our ILB crew from rocks to the lifeboat working closely with our Coastguard colleagues. This was also Ben Durrant’s first shout after being successfully passed out as ILB helm recently, so well done to him and the other crew members.

“We would also recommend as in this instance that people who are planning to go Coasteering that they do so with an official group, as they know how to manage incidents such as this and will call us immediately if required.”

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