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Girl (13) rescued from edge of cliff in Larne

By Cate McCurry

A 13-year-old girl has had a lucky escape after she fell down a steep embankment and had to be rescued from the edge of a 50-foot cliff.

A crew member from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) climbed down to the teenager, to prevent her rolling over the edge of the precipice, in Larne on Friday night.

Emergency services were called to the Town Parks area where they found the girl and two other patients.

In a social media post, the NIAS said: "Our night crew in Larne had an eventful start to their night shift with what was a positive outcome but could have been so different except for their actions and those of other emergency services.

"They were called to Town Parks for a 13-year-old female who had fallen down a 15 feet embankment to the very edge of a 50 feet cliff face. There were two other patients who also needed attention.

"Knowing how dangerous a position the young girl was in, one of the crew made his way down to her, and stayed with her to ensure she didn't roll off the edge, until further help arrived that would allow her to be rescued.

"NIAS sent two crews and a Rapid Response Paramedic and alerted a HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) manager who also attended.

"The coastguard, PSNI and NIFRS (NI Fire & Rescue Service) all attended the call and working together were able to rescue the young girl and her male companion.

"They were both brought to Antrim Area Hospital and the third patient was assessed and discharged into the care of his parents at the scene.

"This incident highlights the extraordinary lengths that members of the emergency services will go to keep people safe - especially our young.

"It also highlights the need for parents to be aware of where their children are, particularly at the weekends and as we head into the summer holidays with the good weather.

"Well done to all involved."

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