Published Sunday, 06 July 2014
The rescue gets underway at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Co Antrim. (© Coastguard)
The two men were part of a group of four kayakers who had been exploring the coastline near the bridge on Saturday afternoon, when they were hit by a large wave.
The pair were thrown into the water and driven on to the rocks by the waves' force.
A National Trust Warden raised the alarm.
Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ballycastle and Coleraine were sent to the scene, along with the Portrush Lifeboat.
Chris Little, Station Officer at HM Coastguard Coleraine, said that the rescue was challenging because all of the equipment had to be carried some distance to the rope bridge, down a number of steps and then across the bridge itself.
"That's no mean feat to get across to an island and then, set up all the equipment. Once the equipment was set up, then the rescue became a little bit more straight forward.
"But actually access to the scene was quite tricky and obviously with two people trapped at the bottom of a cliff, time was of the essence."
Two rescue technicians were lowered down to the stranded kayakers, who had managed to scramble on to rocks at the base of the sheer cliffs.
The men were winched to safety by the Coastguard Team and received first aid for minor injuries.
The other two kayakers, who had been able to remain with their craft, were taken on board Portrush Lifeboat and returned ashore.
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