Belfast Telegraph

North coast: Trapped teenager in sea cave rescue drama

By Lesley Houston

A trapped teenager was dramatically rescued from a sea cave on the north coast after almost being crushed by a massive boulder.

Rescue teams scrambled to help the 19-year-old on Monday night after a 999 call.

He became trapped in a cave on the coast road between Portrush and Bushmills just after 10pm while exploring. The Coleraine and Ballycastle Coastguard team mounted a rescue with the assistance of a Portrush lifeboat.

He was located at the base of a steep slope in a sea cave, which runs under the road.

He had fallen to the bottom of the chasm when he disturbed a boulder which rescue teams estimated weighed more than a ton.

He escaped with a slight leg injury.

A Coastguard rope rescue technician, who descended the cliff to assist the teenager, was able to administer first aid before he was hoisted to safety.

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