Islandmagee: Three rescued as dinghy blown out to sea

Lifeboat The lifeboat was called after three people got into difficulty off the Antrim coast

Three people have been rescued after a dinghy was blown out to sea off the Antrim coast on Sunday.

A woman and a child were in the raft which got into difficulty at Portmuck near Islandmagee at about 17:00 BST.

A man swam a mile out to sea to try and help them and the emergency services were called to the scene.

An RNLI lifeboat from Larne was launched and rescued all three people. They were shocked, but uninjured.

Pamela Dorman, RNLI, said: "Thankfully, all three people involved were brought safely home.

"The swimmer saw what was happening and tried to help, but the dinghy was acting as a sail and being blown further out to sea with the occupants unable to control it.

"He was exhausted, which is why we recovered him first into the lifeboat before returning to the dinghy and rescuing the woman and child."

Ms Dorman said while the weather was good, there was a strong wind. She warned that inflatable rafts could easily be blown out to sea.

More Northern Ireland stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • The AmericansThe good guys?

    A US TV show examining the Cold War is offering a radical revision of history, writes Eric Kohn


  • Virtual courtroomClick Watch

    The 'forensic holodeck’ system that recreates crime scenes as 3D virtual worlds

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.