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Woman rescued after hurting back while coasteering near Ballintoy

By Nevin Farrell

Published 29/08/2016

The woman is taken to an ambulance in Ballintoy yesterday
The woman is taken to an ambulance in Ballintoy yesterday

A woman taking part in a coasteering event had to be rescued after suffering a back injury on the north coast.

Rescue services were called to Elephant Rock in Ballintoy at around 12.30pm yesterday.

The woman was believed to have been in the water, and after being assessed at the scene was taken to a waiting ambulance in Ballycastle by the Portrush all-weather lifeboat before being transferred to hospital.

Coasteering involves groups of people with helmets scrambling across rocks and water areas.

Coastguard maritime operations officer Jane Byers said: "We received a request from the Ambulance Service for assistance with a female with a suspected back injury. I believe she was coasteering and fell."

Speaking generally about coasteering and not about yesterday's incident, she had this message: "Make sure if you are going to go coasteering you do it with a registered company and not of your own accord, and always check the weather and the sea state prior to going."

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