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Belfast hails heroes who rescued German student after fall from Napoleon's Nose

By Claire Williamson

Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston is to congratulate two young men who helped rescue a German student who fell on Cavehill in November.

The 20-year-old survived an horrific overnight ordeal in the freezing cold before she was discovered after plunging from Napoleon's Nose.

The men who spotted her and alerted the rescue services are to be officially recognised.

The Queen's University student had an emotional reunion with the two in hospital, who praised her as the true hero for surviving the trauma.

She was airlifted to hospital after being found by the duo, who were out jogging on Wednesday, November 23.

She told her rescuers that she had been lying there since around 3pm the day before.

It is understood the student was swept off the well-known landmark by a sudden gust of wind while taking photographs.

The alarm was raised after Richard Lamont and David McCrum found a handbag in the area.

Richard took the bag home so he could find out who it belonged to and return it.

After finding a student card, he contacted Queen's. It quickly got back with its concerns, as she hadn't turned up for lectures that day.

David then went back up Cavehill to where they found the bag, and found a coat and hat. To his astonishment, when he called out he heard a voice, and the rescue operation was launched.

Belfast City Council is now to officially recognise the two local heroes.

Ulster Unionist Sonia Copeland proposed to fellow councillors that the Lord Mayor forward a letter "commending them on the significant role" they played in the drama. The council agreed unanimously to the proposal at its last full meeting in December.

Now Mr Kingston will write to the men on behalf of the council and the people of Belfast expressing thanks for their actions.

Speaking previously after the pair met the student in hospital, an emotional David said "she now had a brother for life".

"She was in a hole which, I imagine, saved her life as that kept her from going into hypothermia," he said.

"She said a gust of wind took her. The cold air was passing over the top. She was lucky."

He added admiringly: "She is a true warrior with mental strength that is a credit to her.

"She survived 28 hours of hell. She is my hero." David said that it was the young woman's incredible mental resolve that helped get her through a freezing night on the mountain.

"Looking into the eyes of someone fighting for their life touches you," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I could not get that image out of my head until I saw her safe and well in the hospital."

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