Lifeboat rescues stranded boy from Fairhead rock face

An 11-year-old boy has been rescued after he became stranded on a rock face in Co Antrim at the weekend.

The boy, who was said to be in a distressed state, was spotted at the bottom of cliffs at Fairhead close to Ballycastle shortly before 7pm on Sunday.

Belfast Coastguard where immediately dispatched to the scene along with the Irish Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 166 from Dublin and coastguard rescue teams from Ballycastle and Red Bay and the Red Bay RNLI inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat crew finally managed to reach the boy despite difficulties getting close enough to shore because of the swell.

The boy was eventually reunited with his parents in Ballycastle Harbour after becoming separated from them whiel they were out walking earlier in the day.

Belfast Coastguard said it wanted to reinforce the safety message to keep children in sight at all times.


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