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Lifeboat rescues man left clinging onto rock

A man was rescued by the Coastguard after plunging into the sea while fishing in Co Down.

The operation was launched by Belfast Coastguard yesterday afternoon near Newcastle after the man’s calls for help were heard by passers-by.

Rescuers could not reach him from the shore, but he managed to cling on long enough to be picked up in a lifeboat.

A member of the Coastguard team, however, had to jump in and help him in the water. He was brought to hospital by a team of paramedics waiting at the harbour.

The fisherman was described as “very hypothermic” after being rescued.

Alan Pritchard, duty manager of Belfast Coastguard, praised those involved in the rescue.

He described the operation as an “outstanding effort” by his colleagues.

“The man in the water was very close to letting go of the rock,” he said.

“Our Coastguard team station officer John Lowry went in with our new water rescue equipment to hold him,” he said.

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