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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance attends first call as boy (11) injured in tractor incident

The Northern Ireland Air Ambulance was involved in its first call after a 11-year-old boy was seriously injured in a tractor accident.

It happened in Castlewellan on Saturday.

The helicopter, which is preparing to enter service in Northern Ireland next month, was on a test flight when it was required.

Given the seriousness of the boy's injuries, it was decided to bring it in for use.

It took the boy to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where his condition is described as stable.

Glenn O'Rorke, for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, told the BBC: "Having a full doctor and paramedic team on board it was felt necessary to respond."

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