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Man rescued by lifeboat crew after breaking his leg in fall close to rocks

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 01/08/2016

A lifeboat crew carried out a dramatic late-night rescue when it came to the aid of a man who sustained multiple injuries after falling over a wall. File image
A lifeboat crew carried out a dramatic late-night rescue when it came to the aid of a man who sustained multiple injuries after falling over a wall. File image

A lifeboat crew carried out a dramatic late-night rescue when it came to the aid of a man who sustained multiple injuries after falling over a wall.

The victim took a nasty tumble at around 2.30am yesterday and landed close to rocks beside the lifeboat station in Cushendall, Co Antrim.

A volunteer crew from Red Bay RNLI was paged to provide him with first aid.

Crew members along with an off-duty paramedic were quickly on scene, where they assessed the casualty, who had suffered a broken thigh.

The lifeboat crew worked with the paramedic in challenging conditions to stabilise the man and move him to the lifeboat station on a stretcher in an operation lasting over an hour.

The victim was later transferred by ambulance to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

Speaking following the incident, Paddy McLaughlin from Red Bay RNLI volunteer lifeboat said: "The man was very unfortunate to fall where he did last night, and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery from his ordeal.

"This was a great example of a community working well together to come to someone's aid."

It was the one of three incidents the crew responded to between Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday evening, just before 6pm, the service was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat after a member of the public spotted two canoeists who appeared to be in trouble in the Murlough Bay area near Fair Head, which is known to be a dangerous spot.

Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew checked the canoeists were safe and well before allowing them to continue unaided.

In the third incident, shortly after 6pm on Saturday, a 10-metre yacht with one person on board broke down and was stuck off the north rock in Cloughey, near Portavogie.

Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew saw that the engine had lost power.

The rescuers then proceeded to work with the yachtsman to establish a towline before bringing the vessel safely into Portavogie.

The crew was also in action twice on Friday.

In the first incident, the inshore lifeboat saw three people on a small inflatable boat that had broken down and was on a rock off Killyleagh while on a routine exercise.

The lifeboat launched for a second time at the northern end of Strangford Lough.

A man was using a small tender boat to get out to his yacht, which was on a mooring between the islands.

However, with the tide rushing between the islands at six to seven knots, conditions soon became difficult.

The lifeboat went alongside the boat and ensured the man made his way safely to the yacht.

Brian Bailie, Portaferry RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: "We'd encourage everyone visiting the coastline this summer to enjoy themselves but to remember to respect the water."

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