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German student lay for hours after Cavehill fall before she was discovered and rescued

By Allan Preston

Published 24/11/2016

The woman is treated
The woman is treated
A helicopter lifts the injured student on Cavehill

A student dramatically rescued by helicopter after falling from the top of Napoleon's Nose on Belfast's Cavehill is in a stable condition.

It's understood the Queen's University student, who is in her 20s and from Germany, was taking photographs on the landmark when the accident occurred yesterday.

She was discovered some hours later after a jogger noticed the woman's handbag and called the emergency services.

The father of the jogger told the BBC: "My son and his friends were up jogging round the mountain and found a handbag and identification.

"They started to look around and they saw a lady lying down the cliff.

"They climbed down the hill and found she was still alive.

"The alarm was then raised."

As she had fallen into an area too awkward to reach by foot, an air rescue helicopter was dispatched from Prestwick in Scotland.

The Coastguard was aided in the operation by the PSNI, the Ambulance Service and the Fire and Rescue Service.

Posting a video of the aerial rescue on Facebook last night, PSNI North Belfast praised the quick thinking of the joggers who raised the alarm.

"Thank you to the vigilant members of the public who found this girl and stayed with her until help arrived," it said.

"Please remember if you venture out walking on our hills, tell someone where you are going, tell someone when you will be back, carry a mobile phone, wrap up for the weather conditions and carry some food."

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