Four rescued from sea off north coast

AN RNLI lifeboat was used in two separate sea rescues off the Antrim coast yesterday morning.

The Red Bay vessel was deployed shortly after 7am to retrieve two men whose nine-metre landing craft had capsized two miles east of Torr Head.

The pair were on passage from Ballycastle to Scotland when the vessel’s cargo shifted and they were thrown into the water.

The crew administered first aid on the scene before transporting the men, who were suffering from shock and hypothermia, to Cushendall where an ambulance was waiting to take them to hospital.

The lifeboat then responded to a distress call from a sinking 25-metre vessel off Fair Head.

It was en route to the Mull of Kintyre when it capsized, plunging two male crew members into the sea who were left clinging onto the vessel for 45 minutes.

Belfast Coastguard watch manager Liam Colquhoun said they were “fortunate to have been found so quickly”.