Belfast Telegraph

Man 'in intensive care' after fall from pedal-powered bike bar in Belfast

Company said he had not been drinking

By Jonathan Bell

The operators of a bike bar that tours around Belfast say a man is in intensive care in hospital after he fell from the bike.

It happened in the Amelia Street area - behind Robinson's bar just after 6.20pm on Wednesday.

It's thought the man fell and banged his head. The Ambulance Service attended the scene and CPR was administered as well as a defibrillator.

He was later taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital. The Belfast Trust said it could not provide an update on his condition.

Jennifer Kenna, a spokeswoman for Wee Toast Tours praised the staff and the emergency services for their quick responses.

The man, she said, had a reaction to something and had not been drinking before he fell. She said he was in intensive care in hospital.

"We can only hope he makes a swift and full recovery," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

The pedal-powered bike allows people to tour around the city with drinking provided from an onboard bar. It is popular with stag and hen parties.

Jennifer said all participants had to sign a waiver to say they were fit and healthy to take part, all staff were fully trained and they took health and safety "very seriously". She said often people were turned down for health reasons from taking part.

She said Wednesday night's group were on a team-building exercise and the man who fell had not been drinking as he had to go to work after the event.

"We are in the business of putting smiles on people's faces and have positive engagement and a close-knit team of almost 30. It has been a very tough night for all concerned."

Police cordoned off an area around the scene

In a statement the PSNI said: "Police received a report that a man had been involved in a fall from a moving vehicle in Belfast city centre around 6.15pm today, Wednesday 14 November.

“The Ambulance Service attended and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.  His condition is not known at this time.”

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