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Carrick-a-Rede rescue mission as tourist hurts ankle in fall

By David Young

Published 15/07/2016

The woman is carried away from Carrick-a-Rede to an ambulance
The woman is carried away from Carrick-a-Rede to an ambulance

There was clifftop drama at the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge yesterday after a female tourist sustained injuries to her leg and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The woman, described by an eyewitness as being in her fifties and a visitor from the Continent, injured her ankle in a fall close to the popular Antrim coast tourist attraction.

The accident disrupted access to the bridge for almost an hour as rescue medics administered first aid to the injured woman before carrying her to an ambulance that took her to hospital in nearby Coleraine.

A volunteer team from the Ballycastle Coastguard was scrambled to the incident to bring the woman to safety.

More than 300,000 people visit the famous National Trust-owned attraction every year.

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