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Ardglass Golf Club rescue: Man falls from cliff at Co Down course

A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a cliff at Ardglass Golf Club in Co Down.

It is thought the 57-year-old man, named on Ardglass Golf Club's Facebook page as Sheamus Agnew, slipped down a gorge at around 2.20pm on Tuesday.

The man was flown to Belfast City Airport and is being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Belfast Trust said his condition is 'stable'.

A coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon in Wales, the RNLI and ambulance service were involved in the rescue effort.

Dawn Petrie, senior maritime operations officer for the coastguard said: "We got a call at 2.20pm from the Northern Ireland Ambulance service to help extract a gentleman who had fallen from the cliff at Ardglass golf club.

"We tasked Coastguard teams from Newcastle,  Kilkeel and Portaferry along with Portaferry lifeboat.

"Once they were on scene and assessed the man's condition along with the paramedics they deemed the quickest and safest way to transport him to hospital was by helicopter.

"We then proceeded to task a helicopter. They are currently (as of 5.30pm) just landing at Belfast City Airport with him for transport to the Royal."

Victor Spence, group commander for the Portadown area said two fire engines were mobilised from Downpatrick and Newcastle along with a special rescue team from Belfast.

"They scaled down the face of the cliff, a male was put into a stretcher and then raised up by the rescue team.

We worked closely with the coastguard after he was assessed by paramedics and then airlifted to hospital."

He added that conditions along the cliff had been quite windy.

Séamus Magee, the former Head of the UK Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland, posted footage of the rescue on Twitter. It can be viewed above.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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