Stewart Dickson MLA: “In this sad week where we have learned of the tragedy which unfolded at Gairloch, Scotland on Sunday. In which two young brothers Ewan and Jamie Beaton and five year old Gracie Mackay tragically lost their lives. I am grateful for the recent rescue off the coast of County Antrim.
“Whilst I celebrate the saving of a life in my own constituency, I think it important to extend my sympathies to the families of those tragically drowned at Gairloch and all those who have lost loved ones on the seas.
“For years the crew of this lifeboat and many others across the country have kept our shores safe for water users. This rescue merely indicates the latest in a countless number of rescues being carried out around the coast of Northern Ireland every year.
“The RNLI is a valuable asset to the community and I heartily congratulate the crew at the Red Bay Lifeboat Station for their speedy and assertive actions on Sunday afternoon. Without these brave men a life would undoubtedly have been lost on Sunday afternoon.
“Whilst we are all aware of the good work being carried out by the RNLI all over the country, it should be remembered to take extra care when carrying out activities close to the sea. I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who is not certain of how to safely use the sea to visit http://rnli.org/safetyandeducation where safety tips are available.”