Belfast Telegraph

Crash victim airlifted to hospital

A man in his 70s has been airlifted to hospital after a road accident on a remote island off the Co Antrim coast.

Emergency crews including volunteer firefighters were ferried to the scene of the crash on Rathlin Island just before 7am today.

The man was trapped in a 4x4 vehicle which had rolled 10ft down an embankment on to the shore line.

Fire crews used cutting equipment to free the casualty. He was then taken by ambulance to the Coastguard helicopter landing point on the island where he was airlifted to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "We received a call this morning at 6.53am to attend a one-vehicle road traffic collision at Ballynagard Cottages, Rathlin Island, Co Antrim.

"One appliance, with our volunteer firefighters from Rathlin Island fire station, and one appliance from Ballycastle fire station (attending via fast ferry from the mainland) along with the Coastguard responded to this incident."

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