Six divers rescued in the North


Six divers had to be rescued in Northern Ireland yesterday afternoon after their boat capsized in rough sea conditions.

A member of the public witnessed the inflatable craft flip over at the entrance to the River Bann, near Castlerock just before 4pm.

Two RNLI lifeboats were deployed and the Irish Coastguard helicopter was scrambled from Sligo.

One of the divers was rescued from the water and five others were found clinging to the upturned boat.

Steve Carson, watch manager at the Belfast Coastguard, said: “The inshore lifeboat was first on scene and discovered one person in the water and a further five people on the upturned hull of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB).

“The conditions on scene were challenging with a large sea swell.

“All six people have now been transferred to the all weather lifeboat and taken to Portrush Harbour and do not require further medical assistance.”

Mr Carson thanked the person who reported the incident.

“Swift action from the member of the public this afternoon greatly assisted in the rescue of the six people in the water,” he added.