Belfast Telegraph

Pensioner airlifted from Rathlin Island after being cut out of crashed 4x4

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

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

Emergency crews including volunteer firefighters were ferried to the scene of the crash 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."

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: "At 7am this morning Belfast Coastguard received a call from the ambulance service reporting a road traffic accident on Rathlin Island.

" They requested assistance to get the ambulance and team onto Rathlin. The car ferry, MV Rhum was asked to assist and transported the ambulance.

"The Rathlin Coastguard Rescue Team and the Fire Service on scene requested the Prestwick Search and Rescue helicopter to take the casualty to hospital.”




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