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Painter rescued after he is left dangling from top of Co Down lighthouse

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A painter had a lucky escape after scaffolding collapsed and he was left dangling from the top of a Co Down lighthouse.

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service specialist team was called to St John's Point Lighthouse near Downpatrick yesterday at 10am, along with Fire Service crews from Downpatrick and Ballynahinch, to rescue the man, who was suspended 50ft above the ground.

The lighthouse was being painted black and yellow as part of maintenance work.

The 50-year-old was rescued by the emergency services, brought to safety and then checked over by paramedics.

He did not suffer any serious injuries but was transported to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

A Fire Service spokeswoman said: "NIFRS' specialist rescue team alongside NIAS's hazardous area response team worked in partnership to rescue a 50-year-old male casualty who was suspended from the lighthouse approximately 50ft above the ground.

"He received treatment from paramedics at the scene and was taken to Downe Hospital by ambulance.

"The incident was dealt with at 12.10pm."

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