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Cliff rescue after man falls and injures leg at Torr Head

By Allan Preston

Published 30/12/2015

The casualty is brought from Torr Head to a waiting ambulance
The casualty is brought from Torr Head to a waiting ambulance

A man rescued after falling off a cliff on the north coast was last night in a stable condition at the Causeway Hospital.

It is understood he injured his leg yesterday afternoon after falling from Torr Head, between Ballycastle and Cushendun in Co Antrim.

At around 2pm, Coastguard cliff rescue teams were dispatched from Ballycastle along with an ambulance and a fast response paramedic.

John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "We were engaged in the rescue with the Coastguard and the injured man was taken to the top of the cliff face, where he was then transported by ambulance to the Causeway Hospital for further treatment."

Mr McPoland said that he was unsure how serious the rescued man's leg injuries were.

And with the severe weather forecast across Northern Ireland, Mr McPoland added: "Everybody needs to be very, very careful if they absolutely have to go out."

The arrival of Storm Frank meant that weather conditions were particularly hazardous along coastal areas in Northern Ireland yesterday afternoon.

An amber weather warning was issued for heavy rain, along with a yellow warning for severe gale force winds.

It was widely predicted that coastal windspeeds would reach up to 70 mph.

Large waves along coastal routes also led to dangerous driving conditions.

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