Three rescued following capsize of canoes in County Antrim

Three rescued following capsize of canoes in County Antrim

THREE canoeists were rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution when they got into difficulty.

The canoes belonging to the three people capsized as they were sailing along the Ballycastle shoreline in County Antrim yesterday.

According to Belfast Telegraph, two of those in need of help had to make their way across the rocks while the third came to help became stranded in their attempts to save the first two.

The canoeists were in a position to raise the alarm and wait for rescue, which the RNLI provided.

They were rescued and brought to the harbour of Ballycastle and later, their canoes were recovered from the water.

RNLI's Paddy McLaughlin said that thankfully, the canoeists were unharmed in the incident: "Even during good weather people can get into difficulty. Luckily following the capsize, the three people in the water were near to rocks, they could reach and call for help.

He added: "All three people were uninjured.  We would always advise people who are engaging in canoeing or kayaking to make sure they are wearing a proper floatation device and that they have a means for calling for help."