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Walker badly injured in 30ft plunge at Dunluce castle

By Allan Preston

A walker who fell 30ft into a cave from a cliff path at Dunluce Castle has suffered serious injuries.

It's understood the man, at first reported to be in his 80s but now believed to be much younger, stumbled while walking with his family beside the Antrim coast landmark.

A dramatic rescue effort saw Coastguard teams from Coleraine and Ballycastle quickly dispatched to assist him when the alarm was raised at around 4.40 pm.

An inshore lifeboat from Portrush rescued the man from the cave before transferring him to a large, all-weather boat. A rescue helicopter from Prestwick in Scotland then winched him away for treatment at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said three other individuals, thought to be relatives, were also helped to safety.

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