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Walker badly injured in 30ft plunge at Dunluce castle

By Allan Preston

Published 25/07/2016

The scene at Dunluce Castle where the man suffered serious injuries after falling from a cliff path. Coastguard teams from Ballycastle, Coleraine and Prestwick in Scotland were all involved in the rescue operation
The scene at Dunluce Castle where the man suffered serious injuries after falling from a cliff path. Coastguard teams from Ballycastle, Coleraine and Prestwick in Scotland were all involved in the rescue operation
The scene at Dunluce Castle where the man suffered serious injuries after falling from a cliff path. Coastguard teams from Ballycastle, Coleraine and Prestwick in Scotland were all involved in the rescue operation
The scene at Dunluce Castle where the man suffered serious injuries after falling from a cliff path. Coastguard teams from Ballycastle, Coleraine and Prestwick in Scotland were all involved in the rescue operation

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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