Dickson warns of the need for vigilance by the sea as summer approaches

In paying tribute to the bravery of the gentleman who swam out to sea to attempt to assist two people who were blown off the Co Antrim shore on Sunday, Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, is warning the public to be very careful if near the seaside during the summer months.

Stewart Dickson said: “Individual acts of heroism never cease to amaze me, as indeed does the collective fortitude of those who volunteer to serve the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as crewmen; in this case the Larne RNLI Team.

“Whilst it was the RNLI Crew that effected the rescue of the lady and the child who had been blown out to sea in a dingy off Portmuck on Islandmagee on Sunday evening, they first picked up the swimmer who was by then in an exhausted state.

“In acknowledging his bravery I would encourage anyone seeing such an incident to contact the Emergency Services/Coastguard and allow the professionals to take control, supervise the situation and rescue those in difficulty.

“Of course there is no better place to have fun than the beach, but I appeal to everyone to be vigilant, and remember that just because it’s a nice sunny day, does not mean that it is a safe place.”


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