Northern Ireland

Stranded boys rescued from rocks in Portstewart

Two boys who were stranded on rocks after they were trapped by the incoming tide in County Londonderry have been rescued by the emergency services.

Police were called to the East Promenade in Portstewart shortly before 16:30 GMT when they received a report that the pair were stranded.

PSNI officers persuaded one of the boys to come ashore but the other, a 13 year old, was "too unsure".

He was eventually lifted form the rocks by the RNLI.

PSNI Insp Mick Wood said: "I am proud of all those involved with the rescue this afternoon and pleased that there has been such a positive outcome. No one was injured and no lives lost.

"However it could have been so different. The incident serves as a reminder to us that tides are extremely unpredictable.

"Anyone using the beach or rocks should constantly be aware of their surroundings; I am just thankful that the boys are safe and have now been reunited with their families."