Belfast Telegraph

Trapped OAP airlifted to hospital from Rathlin

By Joanne Fleming

A pensioner trapped in a 4x4 is in a stable condition after being airlifted to hospital from Rathlin Island.

Emergency crews, including volunteer firefighters, were ferried to the scene of the crash just before 7am yesterday.

The man, in his 70s, had rolled three metres down an embankment in his 4x4 on to the shore line of the island.

Fire crews used cutting equipment to free the man, who was taken by ambulance to the Coastguard helicopter landing point on the island. He was then airlifted to the Causeway Hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

Coleraine district commander Liam O'Sullivan said local volunteers had the situation under control by the time the back-up crew arrived. He added that the man, who crashed close to where he lived on Rathlin Island, seemed to be in good spirits.

"The estimate is that he was in the car for around 30 minutes," he said. "One of the off-duty crew over there found him and initiated the call.

"At one stage they were concerned because of the position he was in but once he was released to the ambulance crew he was in good form."

Mr O'Sullivan said the standard response plan for Rathlin Island was activated and all went according to plan.

"The local crew have their own equipment and they responded immediately," he said.

"There were six of them in total as well as two Coastguard personnel and there were six from Ballycastle.

"Also there was a specialist crew on standby in Belfast."

Emergency crews stood down shortly after 8.15am.

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