Press Notice No: 223-10
Friday, August 06, 2010
Posted 22:11 GMT
COLD SWIMMER RESCUED FROM PORTRUSH HARBOUR
A teenager was rescued from Portrush Harbour after a very cold swim out to a moored boat to collect some fishing gear.
After swimming across the harbour to the moored boat the teenager called for help. Belfast Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue and sent the Portrush ILB Lifeboat and the Coleraine Coastguard Rescue team to the scene.
The Portrush lifeboat took the teenager from the boat to the pontoon where he received first aid from the Coastguard Rescue team before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.
Belfast Coastguard Watch Manager Alan Pritchard said:
It may be summer but the sea is chilly and the cold can seriously affect swimmers.
If you are going to take a dip please know youre limits and remember cold water shock can be dangerous, even if youre young and fit and think youre able.
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Posted By: Maggie Hill
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