Published Sunday, 05 August 2012
The RNLI rescue craft during an exercise off Portrush Strand. (© RNLI)
They issued a mayday alert when their two berth vessel started sinking off Castlerock beach on Sunday afternoon.
RNLI lifeguards pulled the pair from the water into their rescue craft and, once the lifeguards established the man and woman were not hurt they headed back to the shore.
The pair were treated for shock once they got back to the beach.
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Stuart Montgomery said: "This was a great result for the lifeguards who are equipped to respond to a variety of callouts.
"The two people in the water did everything right from raising the alarm to wearing the correct equipment. As well as the RNLI lifeguards on Castlerock beach who responded to the emergency, the charity's lifeguards from the surrounding beaches of Portstewart and Downhill were also made ready to respond."