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Kayakers rescued off Co Antrim coast

An RNLI Lifeboat crew rescued three people in trouble at Muck Island on Friday. Picture: RNLI
Staff Reporter

An RNLI lifeboat crew has rescued a number of people after their kayaks overturned while rowing on the Co Antrim coast.

The Coast Guard in Belfast alerted the RNLI team at Larne to reports of three kakayers in trouble at Muck Island, close to Islandmagee, shortly before 7pm on Friday..

At the north end of the island, the lifeboat crew found a man on rocks who had managed to get out of the water. He directed the team to the south of the island, where an overturned kayak was spotted, with three people in the water.

RNLI helm Barry Kirkpatrick said one of the trio was suffering the effects of prolonged exposure to cold water, and upon their rescue and return to shore, they were treated by paramedics from the NI Ambulance Service.

In a warning to those intending on boating in open water, Mr Kirkpatrick added: "Always wear a lifejacket when you are going to sea. If you enter the water it will keep you afloat. Even in the warm weather, the sea temperatures can get very cold."

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