Northern Ireland

11 kayakers rescued in Ballintrae Bay

Eleven people have been rescued from the sea off the County Antrim coast after they got into difficulty while kayaking.

The alarm was raised at 1310 BST by members of the public who spotted the group in Ballintrae Bay.

Two lifeboats from Portrush RNLI station and Coleraine coastguard attended the scene.

A kayaking instructor, who was with the group, made it back to shore of his own accord.

Coastguard watch officer Jude McNeice said the group was mainly made up of teenagers.

She said some of the casualties were suffering from sea sickness and exhaustion but that there were "no serious injuries".

"They got in to difficulty in heavy overfalls off Runkerry point. Although the weather seems very pleasant the tide is still very strong in that area," she added.

"I expect it was a very scary experience for them."