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Fairhead cliff plunge climber is rescued by helicopter

By Colin O'Carroll

Published 06/06/2015

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter takes part in the rescue operation at Fairhead in Co Antrim last night
A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter takes part in the rescue operation at Fairhead in Co Antrim last night

A climber had to be rescued after falling 30ft from a cliff in Co Antrim.

The victim fell from Fairhead near Ballycastle.

It is understood the man has a broken leg and possible other injuries.

He was part of a climbing party who were at Fairhead for the weekend.

The headland is one of the most used and famous climbing rock faces in Europe.

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick in Scotland was called in to help with the rescue.

Coastguard from Ballycastle and Coleraine together with PSNI and NI Ambulance teams and paramedics were also in attendance at the scene.

The casualty was winched from Fairhead by the helicopter and flown to the Causeway Hospital at Coleraine at around 9.30pm yesterday.

The rescue lasted almost two hours, with the helicopter operating in difficult conditions.

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