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Man critical after falling off cliff at North West 200

A 23-year-old Co Armagh man remained in a critical condition in hospital last night after falling 60ft off a cliff at the North West 200.

Alan Black, from Portadown, suffered a serious head injury when he fell onto rocks at the annual motorcycle racing event in Co Antrim on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Black, who works in a family gardening business on the town’s Drumnasoo Road, is understood to have been standing at the back of the Rock Cafe, around 800 yards off the Ballyreagh Road, when he fell over a fence off the cliff to the rocks below.

It is thought he had been lying at the scene for around half an hour before he was found.

Emergency services then airlifted Mr Black to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in a helicopter flown in from Prestwick in Scotland.

Craigavon councillor Robert Smith said his thoughts are with the Black family.

“This is just an awful tragedy which has left a family having to be by the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill,” the DUP councillor added.

One of the North West’s organisers, chief marshal Edwin Jackson, said: “Our safety officer said that he was in a fairly bad way after the rescuers got to him.

“We’re all just hoping the man will be OK.”

Belfast Telegraph