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Helicopter rescue in Northern Ireland as walker plunges 100ft down cliff

By Nevin Farrell

Published 10/10/2016

The injured man is helped to safety by the mountain rescue team
The injured man is helped to safety by the mountain rescue team

A helicopter was drafted in to rescue an injured walker who plummeted 100ft down a cliff face in the Mournes yesterday.

The man fell on the Glen River Valley side of Slieve Commedagh - one of the range's highest peaks - and the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team responded at 2.20pm.

The Ambulance Service also sent a paramedic to the scene, where hillwalkers had assisted the injured man by providing warm clothing and reassurance.

A rescue team spokesperson said: "Two team members were dispatched to assist the casualty's partner, who was stranded on a ledge above.

"Others stabilised the casualty and packaged him ready for evacuation.

"The casualty was evacuated to hospital by ICG Rescue helicopter 116 and his partner was led to safety by team members."

After being placed on a stretcher the man was taken to a hospital in Belfast and treated for injuries to his ankles, legs and pelvis.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A total of 14 Mourne Mountain Rescue Team members responded and stood down at 6.30pm.

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