Northern Ireland

Men stuck in cave for six hours on north coast

Beach in Portrush
Image caption The beaches around Portrush are popular with surfers and body boarders

Two men from Belfast were stuck in a cave for six hours on the north coast after they got into difficulties body boarding.

The men were swept into a cave at Whiterock Bay close to Portrush.

The pair were reported missing during the early hours of Saturday morning.

They managed to get back to shore by themselves once the tide had gone out. One of them had minor injuries.

The police, coastguard and Irish coastguard helicopter were involved in the search.

Gary Young from the coastguard said: "They were in the cave seeking shelter and they said they were in the cave for about six hours.

"They didn't come out due to the waves.

"These boys were very lucky given the time of the year and the weather, it is not very summery at the minute on the north coast."