‘Cold water shock’ warning after Larne RNLI rescues stricken jet skier

Larne RNLI has reminded water sports enthusiasts of the need to be properly prepared following an incident involving a stricken jet skier.
Larne RNLI volunteers responded to the call-out. RNLI/Steven LeeLarne RNLI volunteers responded to the call-out. RNLI/Steven Lee
Larne RNLI volunteers responded to the call-out. RNLI/Steven Lee

The Co Antrim town’s volunteer crew launched an in-shore lifeboat around 8.00pm on Tuesday (July 28) after being requested by Belfast Coastguard and made their way just north of Tweed’s Port.

Upon reaching the casualty, RNLI stated, it was discovered he had been in the water for around 30 minutes and was holding onto the jet ski, unable to climb back on.

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The crew recovered the male into the lifeboat and checked to make sure he wasn’t suffering from his time in the water. He was taken into the care of the awaiting PSNI and Larne Coastguard team, who then transferred him to the NI Ambulance Service to be checked over.

Philip Ford-Hutchinson, Larne RNLI’s Deputy Launching Authority, said: “When going to sea it is essential that you are properly prepared. Make sure you have the appropriate clothing or wet gear and are wearing a life jacket. Ensure that you know how to operate the craft or vehicle you are using at sea and if you are unsure about its usage, then seek advice on how to operate it correctly.

“The casualty was lucky as cold water shock can set in when you are submerged for any amount of time and in any season. Please when using the water, respect the water.”


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