Northern Ireland

Brother and sister in cliff drama

A brother and sister have been rescued by a lifeboat crew after getting trapped on the cliff edge at Fair Head, County Antrim.

The pair, aged 23 and 14, had been walking on the Antrim Coast when they got into difficulties.

The call for help was received at about 1825 BST on Saturday evening.

Paddy McLaughlin from the Red Bay RNLI lifeboat said it had been a difficult rescue.

"When we arrived the people were probably about 100ft up the cliff face," he said.

"We were able to get one of our crew to enter the water and go to the rocks and successfully put the two people into dry suits and then take them back out to sea into the lifeboat."

The lifeboat, with the brother and sister on board, later docked at Ballycastle.

Mr McLaughlin said the pair required no further medical attention and were "recovering well from their ordeal".

The rescue was the first callout for Red Bay's new Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Geoffrey Charles, which Mr McLaughlin said was "only put on station less than a fortnight ago".

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