LATEST: Fisherman missing off Ramore Head

14 Sept 2013....HM Coastguard from Coleraine and Ballycastle, RNLI Lifeboats ILB and ALB from Portrush,Police Helicopter and a Specialist Irish Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo have been searching for a number of Hours near Ramore Head Portrush where a fisherman fell into the water he is understood to be Polish and in his thirties.The searh is expected to continue until darkness and will be likely to resume again at first light tomorrow. As this search was onging a man fell from the Cliffs in Portstewart and has been winched from the Water by Rescue 118 from Sligo his condicition is unknown. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA

14 Sept 2013....HM Coastguard from Coleraine and Ballycastle, RNLI Lifeboats ILB and ALB from Portrush,Police Helicopter and a Specialist Irish Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo have been searching for a number of Hours near Ramore Head Portrush where a fisherman fell into the water he is understood to be Polish and in his thirties.The searh is expected to continue until darkness and will be likely to resume again at first light tomorrow. As this search was onging a man fell from the Cliffs in Portstewart and has been winched from the Water by Rescue 118 from Sligo his condicition is unknown. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA

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The search for a man who was swept out to sea at Ramore Head in Portrush yesterday (Saturday) has been suspended temporarily because of the weather.

The police and coastguard operation resumed this morning (Sunday) however bad weather is hampering efforts.

It is understood the 38-year-old is a Polish national and was fishing on rocks at Ramore Head.

Police have warned members of the public not to place themselves in danger by joining the search.Chris Little, station officer at Coleraine coastguard, said: “A very intensive search was carried out all over the area adjacent to Ramore Head and expanded out eastwards and westwards as the search progressed.

“However, as yet no trace has been found of the missing man.”

PORTSTEWART SEARCH

Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man remains in a critical condition after being rescued from the water in Portstewart.

The Irish coastguard helicopter winched the man to safety on Saturday evening and was taken to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.