Northern Ireland

Youths rescued from stolen boat at Cushendall

Two youths have been rescued from a stolen boat off the coast of Cushendall, County Antrim.

The pair got into difficultly after they took the vessel out to the water just after 11:00 BST on Sunday.

A member of the public, who was fishing at the scene, alerted Belfast Coastguard and the Red Bay lifeboat, who brought the youths back to the shore.

They then ran off.

Police said they received a report that a boat had been stolen from the Dalriada Park area of Cushendall at 10:55 BST on Sunday.

Officers visited the coastguard centre following the rescue and a police spokesman said their inquiries are ongoing.

Coastguard watch manager Alan Pritchard said the young men escaped a "potentially dangerous situation".

"They weren't too far from the rocks, but it's very deep water and there were two guys in a very small boat," he added.