Shock pictures emerge of death-defying teens scaling sea cliffs without safety equipment

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PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

ALARMING pictures of teenagers clambering up dangerous cliffs on the north coast have emerged.

The pictures show youths scaling cliffs at Kenbane near Ballycastle.

The youths involved did not appear to have any safety equipment.

Ryan Gray, Senior Maritime Operations Officer for HM Coastguard, said: “The recent photos taken at Ballycastle are concerning.

“We want people to enjoy themselves at the coast by making sure their visit is one to remember and not one they’d rather forget.

“We strongly recommend you do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so, and don’t attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut.

“If unequipped for a climb it only takes one slip or a loose rock for it to end in tragedy.

“Remember, if you think someone might be in trouble along the coast or out at sea please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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Ulster Unionist councillor Joan Baird told ‘Causeway Coast News’ she was “absolutely amazed” to hear what happened at Kenbane.

She said: “I can imagine that it would be a very dangerous place at the moment following the recent snow and heavy rain we had in the area.

“This also puts emergency services such as the Coastguard Cliff teams and RNLI boats at risk as well as Helicopter crews.”

 

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