Red Bay RNLI rescue three people at Fair Head after they ‘became disorientated’ while out walking

The Volunteer lifeboat crew at Red Bay RNLI rescued an adult and two teenagers at Fair Head on Thursday afternoon after the group raised the alarm when they ‘became disorientated’ while out walking.

Red Bay RNLI launched both their inshore and all-weather lifeboats when the call for help was received at 4.40pm. The group had been walking on Fair Head when they became disorientated and dehydrated.

On reaching Fair Head the lifeboat crew searched the area for signs of the group and located them on the rock face.

They were recovered onto the Y boat, which had been launched from the all-weather lifeboat, by lifeboat crew who went ashore to help them. They were then brought to Ballycastle and given into the care of the coastguard.

Commenting on the callout, Red Bay Coxswain Paddy McLaughlin, said: “Fair Head is a popular location for walkers, particularly at this time of year. Our lifeboat crew are familiar with the area, having been called out to help people climbing on walking on Fair Head many times.

“Conditions were excellent today but it doesn’t take much to lose your bearing or footing on the rugged landscape.

“We would remind people when out walking on rocks or rough terrain to take the right items with them for the day including food and water, good walking gear and having a means to call for help.”

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