Jet skiers rescued at Benone Beach

Published Monday, 07 April 2014
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Two jet skiers have been rescued by Portrush RNLI after they got into difficulties at Benone Beach in Limavady, Co Londonderry.

Jet skiers rescued at Benone Beach
The all-weather lifeboat crew rescued two men who had been jet skiing. (© Janice McLaughlin)

On Sunday, the RNLI were alerted by a friend of the two men who noticed that one of the men had fallen off the jet ski into the water.

At the time the weather was blustery and chilly and the sea was very choppy and extremely cold.

The all-weather crew quickly located the two men who by this stage were very cold, as they had both been in the water for some time and neither were wearing wetsuits.

The crew got the two young men on board and returned to base where the men were transferred to a waiting ambulance.

The crew then returned to the area to recover the jet ski as it could have posed a hazard to other boats and vessels in that area if not recovered.

The operation lasted for four hours.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Robin Cardwell commented: "As this is the start of the summer season we are looking forward to welcoming people to enjoy the North Coast, but we would advise everyone to check their safety equipment after the winter months to make sure it is still in good condition.

"The Lifeguards will be back on the beaches from April 18 so talk to them before you go out.

"You can also talk to our crew at the station who can advise of impending weather conditions and the currents and rip tides in the area."

© UTV News
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Peter in wrote (258 days ago):
How come the portrush lifeboats never mention The coastguard I seen alot of them recovering the jet ski in portstewart harbour no lifeboat to be seen
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