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Father and son injured in Carlingford helicopter crash drama

By Catherine Devine

A father and son have been rushed to hospital after a helicopter crashed in a garden in the Cooley Mountains in Co Louth.

The two men had to be cut from the aircraft after emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 5pm yesterday.

The crash occurred less than a kilometre south of Carlingford, at the foot of Top Hill.

The 71-year-old man injured in the crash was named locally as Donnie Marron.

He was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital by the Irish Coastguard where he was being treated for his injuries last night.

He is believed to be in a serious condition.

The other injured man, in his 40s, was brought by road to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, by ambulance.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Emergency services including the fire brigade, Doonore Coastguard Unit and an ambulance crew attended the crash.

Local woman Anne McCardle said: "Donnie is a great fellow and usually he'd be in Spain this time of year, so this is really unfortunate."

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