Bad weather halts search for man off Antrim coast

Sunday 15 September 2013 17.09
The PSNI helicopter was involved in the search (Pic: BBC)
The PSNI helicopter was involved in the search (Pic: BBC)

A search for a missing man who fell into the sea on the north Antrim coast has ended for the day due to stormy conditions making it too dangerous to continue.

The incident happened at around 4.30pm yesterday when the 38-year-old man was fishing on rocks at Ramore Head in Portrush.

Belfast Coastguard, Coleraine and Ballycastle coastguards conducted a shore search for the men.

Police have warned some members of the public at Ramore that they have placed themselves in significant danger by entering the water or attempting to search independently of police and coastguard crews.

A spokesman said: "Police understand that people want to help, however we would ask that for their own safety members of the public allow only properly trained and equipped police and coastguard personnel to conduct the search.

"Deteriorating weather and sea conditions mean that the search environment is extremely challenging and police do not want to see anyone put at risk."

He said: "Any properly trained and equipped volunteers who have already attended should make contact with police at the scene prior to attempting any kind of search activity themselves."