A Community Rescue Service (CRS) campaign is underway to raise £100,000 to buy a new boat for search and rescue operations on the River Bann and the surrounding area.
The CRS had 250 call outs to help people in danger of distress across Northern Ireland in the last year alone - with 100 of these taking place in the Coleraine area.
Their crews provides a search and rescue response for missing persons and also crisis and suicide intervention, rural and urban searches, water rescues, community support and education.
Coleraine CRS has launched a local fundraising project to raise £100k to replace a rib inflatable boat for use by its volunteer crews in Coleraine, Portrush, Portstewart, Garvagh, Ballymoney, Limavady and Ballymena,
Calling for public support, CRS Commander Sean McCarry, told The Coleraine Times: “We’re aiming to replace one of the three boats we have in Coleraine which is 20 years old.
“We have identified a rib inflatable boat from Marine Specialised Technology (MST) in Liverpool and it will cost us £100,000 to buy it and fit it out.
“The boat we have at the minute measures 5.4 metres but the new one is bigger at 7.5 metres with a flatter tier design which will allow us to go into shallow water and not damage the boat.