Duo in hospital after ‘water bike’ incident on north coast

Five people required medical assistance after an incident involving “water bikes” off the north coast today.

Thursday, 15th July 2021, 7:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th July 2021, 8:09 pm
The beach at Ballycastle after the incident involving water bikes (one of which is pictured in the background here)
The beach at Ballycastle after the incident involving water bikes (one of which is pictured in the background here)

The RNLI and Coastguard press offices both refused to give any meaningful information about what had happened, although the BBC reported that “three people on water pedal bikes went into the surf zone and got swamped by a wave”.

It says they were helped onto someone else’s boat – only for it to then capsize.

It unfolded at about 11.40am and the air ambulance helicopter was among the emergency vehicles which responded.

The ambulance service, which referred to the episode as a “boating incident”, said “the Coastguard and PSNI were also in attendance and are working with [our] crews to assist the patients while in the water and when brought to shore”.

Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, two patients were taken by ambulance to Causeway Hospital.

Their condition is stable.